Boeing E-3 Sentry

From FlightGear wiki
Revision as of 10:17, 15 September 2008 by Fg (Talk | contribs) (Related lists)

Jump to: navigation, search
Boeing E-3 Sentry
E-3B.jpg
Type Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)
Author(s) Innis Cunningham, Vivian Meazza, David Culp, Julien Pierru
FDM JSBSim
--aircraft= /E3B, E3B-nato
/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato

/E3B, E3B-nato
Status Development
Landing of an E-3B in NATO livery.

The Boeing E-3 Sentry is an American military airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft that provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications, to the United States, United Kingdom, France, Saudi Arabia, and NATO air defense forces. Production ended in 1992 after 68 had been built.

Design

The E-3 as equipped in USAF and NATO service can fly without refueling for 8 hours or 4000 miles, whilst newer examples in British, French and Saudi service, equipped with CFM56-2 engines can fly for 10 hours or 5000 miles without refuelling. Its range and on-station time can be increased through inflight refueling and the use of an on-board crew rest area. The range and loiter time can be used to alter the flight plan as required for operation reasons.

Variants

Only the E-3B is modeled in FlightGear at the moment!

  • EC-137D
    • Two prototype AWACS aircraft with JT3D engines, one fitted with a Westinghouse radar and the other with a Hughes radar. Both converted to E-3A standard with TF33 engines.
  • E-3A
    • Production aircraft with TF33 engines and AN/APY-1 radar, 25 built for USAF later converted to E-3B standard. 18 built for NATO with TF33 engines and five for Saudi Arabia with CFM56 engines.
  • KE-3A
    • These are not AWACS aircraft but CFM56 powered tankers for Saudi Arabia, 8 built.
  • E-3B
  • E-3As converted with AN/APY-2 radar and other improvements, 24 conversions.
  • E-3C
    • Production aircraft with system improvements, nine built. NATO E-3A aircraft although not re-designated have been modified to the same equipment standard.
  • JE-3C
    • One E-3A aircraft used by Boeing for trials later redesignated E-3C.
  • E-3D
    • Production aircraft for the Royal Air Force to E-3C standard with CFM56 engines and British modifications designated Sentry AEW.1, seven built.
  • E-3F
    • Production aircraft for the French Air Force to E-3C standard with CFM56 engines and French modifications, four built.
  • E-3G
    • USAF Block 40/45 modification with Airframe Modernization Program (AMP).
  • Sentry AEW.1
    • British designation for the E-3D.
  • TC-18E
    • used for E-3 Sentry crew proficiency training. No mission equipment.

Related lists