Turkey will receive first of its Peace Eagle Boeing 737 AEW&C Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft by the end of 2012. Remaining 3 building Peace Eagle Boeing 737 AEW&C will be delivered to the Turkish Air Force in 2013 under multibillion-dollar deal.
Turkey placed order for the Boeing 737 AEW&C Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircrafts under project Peace Eagle. Turkey requested to purchase four 737 AEW&C systems with options on another 2 systems in May 2002. United States approved the sale in September 2003 and first aircraft was to be delivered by 2010.
First modified Boeing 737 flew in September 2007. Turkish contract included 4 Boeing 737-700 aircrafts fitted with MESA multi-role electronically scanned array radar is being supplied by Northrop Grumman and ground control stations. Total value of the contract was $1.6 billion.
MESA radar allows Boeing 737 AEW&C to provide 360° coverage and have a range of over 370 kilometers. Boeing 737 AEW&C will be able to track 3,000 targets simultaneously.
Turkish AEW&C will have a crew of two to fly the aircraft while crew of another six and ten will be carried depending upon the mission requirements.