Turkey’s first Boeing 737 Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (AEW&C) will formally enter service following a ceremony on 21 February, the Turkish Air Force announced on 31 January.

The country chose to purchase four 737-700-based AEW&C aircraft as far back as 2000, but the USD1.5 billion programme is now lagging its original 2007 delivery date by about seven years.

Boeing is the prime contractor for the programme, with local work under a USD500-million offset package being conducted by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Aselsan, Haselsan, and Mikes. […]