Boeing staff in OKC will manage NATO's $1 billion AWACS upgrade

Published: Thursday, November 28, 2019 By: Dale Denwalt Source: NewsOK

Boeing Oklahoma City will manage NATO's $1 billion AWACS surveillance aircraft modernization program.

The contract between NATO and Boeing, signed Wednesday, will contribute to maintaining about 115 jobs at Boeing's office near Tinker Air Force Base. Those jobs include engineers and program management staff.

NATO operates 14 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft. The upgrades will include sophisticated communications and networking capabilities, the organization said.

The AWACS is no stranger to Boeing. The original E-3 Sentry is a military variant of the company's 707 commercial aircraft, and Boeing has contributed to previous modernization and upgrade cycles in the past, including on the fleet operated by the U.S. Air Force from Tinker Air Force Base.

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