a 767 airframe is under development to combine several aspects of the E-3, J-STARS and even Rivet Joint. on a 'super HVAA'
"The MC2A is being designed to replace the RC-135 RJ, E-8 J-STARS, and AWACS aircraft and, as an added benefit, to spot stealthy targets such as cruise missiles. As posted in an early tactics update the first testbed flew Apr 18 at Hanscom AFB, Mass. The plans also allow for the aircraft to carry a forward deployed airborne JAOC to give it combat ops capes for controlling global strike task forces. The testbed a 707 airframe nicknamed ‘Paul Revere’ is to eventually be replaced in the new widebody B-767. See AWST 29 Apr pg 32"
Those of us flying the E-3 don't see this as the best option but time will tell.
the E-767 (which has the same Radar as the E-3) is not the same as what is being developed above. The Wedgetail would have more similar capes to the E-2 Hawkeye 2000.
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