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Northrop begins production of array sensor for E-7 aircraft

A US Air Force E-7 equipped with the Northrop Grumman MESA sensor. Photo: Boeing.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has begun producing multi-role electronically scanned array sensors for US Air Force E-7 aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has begun producing multi-role electronically scanned array sensors for US Air Force E-7 aircraft.

The multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) sensor provides provide long-range sensing, detection, and identification for the twin-engine airborne early warning and control aircraft.

The sensor supplies 360-degree situational awareness and flexibility to adapt to missions and environments in all weather conditions, according to a Northrop announcement made on 20 March.

Northrop Grumman airborne surveillance programs vice-president Ed Griebel said the sensor is suited for use by the US Air Force with simultaneous air and maritime sensing capabilities, critical early warning, and air battle management capabilities.

“The multifunction MESA sensor will provide the US Air Force with critical multi-domain awareness to enable decision superiority for the range of mission requirements today and into the future” he said.

“As we fulfill our promise to the Air Force to rapidly bring unmatched, decisive air battle management sensing capabilities including long range first detect and first engagement in the battlespace, we look forward to enabling global allied interoperability in partnership with Boeing.”

E-7 aircraft are entering production in the United Kingdom and are also operated by Australia, Turkey, and South Korea.

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