The Boeing Company has been awarded a $49.2 million contract to upgrade communications on Saudi Arabia’s fleet of five E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft. Boeing made the announcement in a press release yesterday.
The contract was awarded by the US Air Force Electronic Systems Center under a foreign military sales agreement.
The enhancement, called Link 16, is a secure, jam-resistant, digital data link that allows military aircraft, ships and ground units to exchange tactical pictures in near real time. It also allows the exchange of text messages, imagery data and provides additional voice channels, according to the press release.
The fleet upgrade will take place in Seattle, Washington and Riyadh. It is scheduled to be completed by December 2009.