Defense

February 2, 2018
 

Allied C2 Capabilities RAMPed Up

Benjamin Newell
Hanscom AFB, Mass.

Workers at Tinker AFB, Okla., install critical 40/45 upgrades to E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft during programmed depot maintenance to the U.S. Air Force fleet in 2014. The Boeing Co. will execute phase one of a similar upgrade process to the Royal Saudi Air Force’s fleet of five AWACS after winning a $240 million contract in October 2017.

Phase one of a $1.6 billion, decade-long upgrade and sustainment effort for five Royal Saudi Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft began with a $240 million contract award.

RAMP, the Royal Saudi Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems Modernization Program, is an extensive mission computing and communications upgrade program, turning current Block 30/35 AWACS into the 40/45 configuration. The International Airborne Battle Management Command and Control Division at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., awarded this first contract to the Boeing.

“The AWACS Block 30/35 has been a reliable and proven capability,” said Evan Pressman, program manager for RAMP Phase One. “But bringing the RSAF onto the Block 40/45 configuration enhances interoperability and improves mission system reliability.”

Unlike most large Foreign Military Sales cases, where all program funding is provided upfront, RAMP is segmented into distinct phases for financial flexibility. 

Follow-on phases will include production and kitting of upgraded equipment, platform installation, checkout and testing. Initial sustainment of RAMP components will be included, eventually transitioning to the RSAF for long-term maintenance and sustainment.

The RSAF purchased its first AWACS in 1986, approximately ten years after the U.S. Air Force first fielded the capability. The aircraft is based on a Boeing-707 airframe, with significant modifications, including the AWACS hallmark, a large rotating radar dome above the fuselage.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
army-aviation

Army Aviation leadership examines sustainment model with Navy

Army photograph by Traci Boutwell AMCOM Commander, Maj. Gen. Doug Gabram, and other AMCOM senior leaders meet with senior leaders from the Naval Air Systems Command and Maj. Gen. Tim Gowan, Deputy Commanding General for Army Fu...
 
 
army-VR1

Virtual battlefield represents future of training

Army photograph by Bob Potter Soldiers prepare to operate training technologies during the STE User Assessment in Orlando, Fla., in March 2018. The assessment was part of an approach implemented by Maj. Gen. Maria R. Gervais to...
 
 

CCAF no longer required for promotion

Due to an update to the enlisted personnel handbook, an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force is no longer required for promotions, however, master sergeants still have to keep education in mind for their enlisted performance reports. While the CCAF itself is no longer required, an associate’s degree or higher is...