Boeing E-3 Sentry Profile

The Boeing E-3 Sentry is a U.S. military airborne warning and control system (AWACS). The E-3 is used by countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, France and NATO air defense forces.

Role : Airborne warning and control system (AWACS)
Manufacturer : Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Northrop Grumman (radar)
First flight : 25 May 1976 (E-3A with full mission avionics)
Introduction : March 1977
Primary users : United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force, NATO
Produced : 1977–1991
Number built : 68
Developed from : Boeing 707

It’s airframe is a modified Boeing 707-320B Advanced commercial airframe. Modifications included a rotating radar dome, single-point ground, air-to-air refueling capability, and a bail-out chute.

Boeing E-3 Sentry Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: Flight crew: 4
    Mission crew: 13-19
  • Length: 152 ft 11 in (46.61 m)
  • Wingspan: 145 ft 9 in (44.42 m)
  • Height: 41 ft 4 in (12.6 m)
  • Wing area: 3,050 ft² (283.4 m²)
  • Empty weight: 185,000 lb (73,480 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 344,000 lb (with aerial refueling) (156,400 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 325,000 lb (take off restricted weight) (147,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Pratt and Whitney TF33-PW-100A turbofan, 21,500 lbf (93 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 530 mph (855 km/h, 461 knots)
  • Range: 4,000 NM (7,400 km) (8 hr)
  • Service ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,500 m)

 

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