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  • How To Keep A Turkey In Suspense
    Posted by Bill Sweetman 5:25 AM on Jun 19, 2011

    Airbus Military will disclose its partner and the target application for its mystery airborne early warning and control system at the Paris show on Tuesday, CEO Domingo Urena-Raso said Saturday.

    Based on a C-295 military transport, the rotodome-based system was unveiled unexpectedly in May and made a first flight on June 7. So far, Airbus has not  identified a customer or a radar supplier. The only in-production rotodome radars are the Lockheed Martin APS-145 for the E-2C Hawkeye and the APY-9 for the E-2D, but the C-295 dome appears deeper than either.

    As I commented on Robert Wall's original post, the explanation that the radar type had not yet been selected didn't make a lot of sense - and a direct question to Urena-Raso on Saturday resulted only in a statement that an announcement would follow this week.

    EADS officials say that the project has been executed very quickly and that the AEW&C aircraft "fills a new market niche".

    Tags: pass11. ar99, eads, Airbus, C-295

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