Boeing awarded contract for radar on AWACS planes

Herald staff

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Boeing Co. has won a $107 million contract to update radar units for six more planes at Tinker Air Force Base, extending the company’s two-year project.

Boeing has been installing E-3 AWACS radar units since 1998 and already had the contract to update 13 planes. Now the company likely will improve radar units on the rest of Tinker’s 32 U.S. sentry planes, Boeing spokesman David Sloan said.

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