Found this information: "In November 1997, Boeing received a contract worth approximately $450 million to develop and test the next mission systems upgrade for the NATO E-3 fleet. Under the Mid-Term engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) contract, which runs through 2001, Boeing -- supported by subcontractors from participating NATO nations -- will integrate major system-related enhancements to computers, displays, communications, navigation and target identification. Retrofit of the entire fleet will be implemented during a follow-on contract."
Do you guys know details about the upgrade? Will there be a next-gen AWACS using a upgraded body, the 707-320B seems a bit old. Maybe a 777-300LR? Whats the pricetag of a current gen AWACS?
Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5211 times:
No 777 it is too big. I only see two alternatives 767 or even 737 BBJ 2. Guess with new electronics you don´t need such a large airplane. I think Australia is doing fine with its wedgetails and the Airforce/Navy have already aquired some 737s.
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
Woodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1153 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5192 times:
I don't think there was any change in the airframe or engines or anything like that.
The changes were in the electronics, display consoles, communication equipment, so all the changes were internal. It sounds like a typical upgrade to a military weapon system - replace the vacuum tubes with solid state electronics
Bully707 From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1044 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5156 times:
The Mod-Block Upgrade incorporated a new computer and upgrades for the radar....
The Mid-Life upgrade consists of new consoles and all the other stuff mentioned in the Boeing article...
For the last 3 years NATO is contemplating a change in engines...and the engines only!!!
The two competitors are proposing the future upgrade to either CFM56 (like the E-3D/F and the Saudi E-3s) or
the conversion to JT8 engines ( like on the N707RE ).
During an airshow in the Netherlands in 2003 I spoke to a representative of Boeing, and he mentioned that they would prefer a change to CFM...
A completely new AWACS was also proposed, but NATO would rather like to have a combined E-3/E-8....
The current fleet of 17 NATO E-3As was planned for a operational life until 2025....but they were aging fast during the 7 years of the Yugoslavian crisis...
But I hope they will remain operational for a looong time....!!!!!
"That's the good thing about the 707...it can do anything, but read!" Joe Patroni, Airport '70
AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1611 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5091 times:
The E-3 (AWACS) and the E-8 (JSTARS) are supposed to be replaced by the E-10A, built on a 767-400ER airframe. One airframe has been ordered, but the USAF has now announced that it will only be a testbed. The real testbed for the E-10A is the 707 Paul Revere (N404PA).
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5025 times:
Actually the E-3 is now spiral 3 of the E-10 and will not happen anytime soon. JStars and RJ are the first two for the E-10. The NATO upgrade was just to get all to the US Block 30/35 RSIP standard.
THe Four JASDF E-767s have the same mission system as the current E-3C with the AN/APY-2. It was to expensive for Boeing to restart the 707 for just 4 models, and no one else was buying. Expect the 737 Wedgetail to be a Boeing gap filler for at least 10-12 years of new AWACS/AEW development (though the US will not buy any).
Currently in the USAF we are working on the E-3G, which will be the new designator for the E-3B/C block 30/35 upgrade to block 40 standard. ~2010.
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Veni, Vidi, Bibi
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12336 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4943 times:
Quoting Lt-AWACS (Reply 6): Expect the 737 Wedgetail to be a Boeing gap filler for at least 10-12 years of new AWACS/AEW development (though the US will not buy any).
I agree. I think the NexGen AWACS will be a smaller platform. Right now, the Wedgetail seems to be the platform of the future. But, that could change. But, in the US, the RAAF Wedgetail uses a common airframe as the USN P-8A and C-40A, and the USAF C/VC-40B/C (B-737-700/800/BBJ/BBJ2).