Turkey to have its first early warning aircraft
Thursday, February 20, 2014
ANKARA - The Turkish air force will acquire Turkey's first airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) as part of the "Project Peace Eagle" with the Boeing Company.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Chief of Staff Necdet Ozel will attend the aircraft ceremony in Konya's main jet base on Friday.
The high-tech aircraft will make air and sea reconnaissance within a maximum range of 600 km.
Turkey purchased four warning and control aircrafts from the aviation giant Boeing, the last one will be received in 2015.
The Anadolu Agency was the only press agency granted filming rights for the training flight of the aircraft.
An AEW&C can fly non-stop for 8-10 hours on average, while its flight duration can increase up to 20 hours with one stop for refueling.
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