AWACS, AEW/C & Special Purposes Aircraft

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This thread is for special purposes aircraft, AWACS and AEW&C.

Let us define what is AWACS and AEW&C.

AWACS is "Airborne Warning And Control System"

AEW&C is "Airborne Early Warning and Control"

Special purposes aircraft can be used for:

  • Reconnaissance
  • Electronic warfare missions
  • Aerial Refueling/Air Tanker
  • Maritime Patrol
  • Observation
Before I start posting about this I would like to thank @Justin for giving me a great and informative reference that helps enrich this thread. I will use your style if you allow me. I find it very simple and organized.
 
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Boeing E-3 Sentry


  • Origin
  • USA
  • Type
  • airborne early-warning and control aircraft
  • Max
  • Speed
  • 853 km/h / 530 mph
  • Max
  • Range
  • endurance on station 1609 km (1,000 miles) from base 6 hours; maximum unrefuelled endurance exceeds 11 hours
  • Dimensions
  • span 44.42 m (145 ft 9 in)
  • length 46.61 m (152 ft 11 in)
  • height 12.73 m (41 ft 9 in)
  • Weight
  • maximum take-off 147,418 kg / 325,000 Ib
  • Powerplant
  • four 9525-kg (21,000Ib) thrust Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-100A turbofan engines; (Saudi 9979-kg/22,000-lb CFM56-2-A2 turbofans)
  • Armament
  • none
  • Operators:
  • France (E-3F), Saudi Arabia (E-3A), United Kingdom (E-3D), United States (E-3B/C)
 

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Boeing KC-10A Extender



  • Origin
  • USA
  • Type
  • strategic inflight-refuelling tanker and transport aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 982 km/h / 610mph
  • Max Range
  • range 7032 km / 4,370 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 50.41 m / 165 ft 4.4 in length 55.35 m / 1,891 ft 7 in height 17.70 m / 58 ft 1 in
  • Weight
  • maximum take-off 267620 kg / 590,000 Ib
  • Powerplant
  • three 23814-kg 52,500-lb) thrust General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans
  • Armament
  • none
  • Operators:
  • United States
 

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Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker




  • Origin
  • USA
  • Type
  • inflight-refuelling tanker/cargo/transport aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 460 kt / 530 mph
  • Max Range
  • 4,627 km / 2,875 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 39.88 m / 130 ft 10 in length 41.53 m / 136 ft 3 in height 12.70 m / 41 ft 8 in
  • Weight
  • maximum take off 146,284 kg / 322,500 lb maximum fuel load 92,210 kg (203,288 lb)
  • Powerplant
  • four 9979-kg (22,000 Ib) dry thrust CFM International F108-CF-100 turbofans
  • Armament
  • none
  • Operators:
  • Australia (707 Conversion), Brazil (707 Conversion), France, Israel (707 Conversion), Italy (707 Conversion), Morocco (707 Conversion), South Africa (707 Conversion), Singapore, Spain (707 Conversion), Turkey, United States, Venezuela (707 Conversion)
 

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Boeing RC-135




  • Origin
  • USA
  • Type
  • electronic reconnaissance aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 535 kt / 616 mph
  • Max Range
  • 9100 km / 5,655 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 39.88 m / 130 ft 10 in
  • length 39 20 m / 128 ft 7.3 in
  • height 12.70 m / 41 ft 8 in
  • Weight
  • empty 46,403 kg / 102,300 lb
  • maximum take-off 124,965 kg / 275,500 lb
  • Powerplant
  • four 8165-kg (18,000-lb) dry thrust Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-9 turbofans
  • Armament
  • none
  • Operators:
  • United Kingdom, United States
 

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British Aerospace Nimrod




  • Origin
  • UK
  • Type
  • electronic intelligence platform
  • Max Speed
  • not published
  • Max Range
  • not published
  • Dimensions
  • span 35.08 m / 115 ft 1 in length 36.50 m / 119 ft 9 in height 9.08 m / 29 ft 9.5 in
  • Weight
  • not disclosed
  • Powerplant
  • four 5507-kg (12,140-lb) dry thrust Rolls-Royce Spey Mk 250 or 251 turbofans
  • Armament
  • none
  • Operators:
  • United Kingdom
 

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Dassault Bregut Atlantique






  • Origin
  • France
  • Type
  • maritime patrol and ASW aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 355 kt / 409 mph
  • Max Range
  • 7970 km / 4,950 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 36.30 m / 119 ft l in
  • length 31.75 m / 104 ft 2 in)
  • height 11.33 m / 37 ft 2 in
  • Weight
  • empty 24,000 kg / 52,900 lb
  • max. take-off 43,500 kg /
  • 95,900 lb
  • Powerplant
  • two 4638-ekW (6,220-ehp) Rolls-Royce Tyne Mk 21 turboprops
  • Armament
  • internal bay carries up to nine torpedoes at various kinds, or depth charges and other stores; four underwing pylons carry rockets or ASMs
  • Operators:
  • France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan
 

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Dassault Falcon 20 / 200






  • Origin
  • France
  • Type
  • maritime surveillance and multi-role attack/EW aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 870 km/h / 541 mph
  • Max Range
  • 4490 km / 2,790 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 16.30 m (53 ft 6 in) length 17.15 m (56 ft 3 in) height 5.32 m (17 ft 5 in)
  • Weight
  • empty 8700 kg (19,180 Ib); maximum take-off 15200 kg (33,510 Ib)
  • Powerplant
  • two 2468-kg (5,440-lb) dry thrust Garrett ATF3-6A-3C turbofans
  • Armament
  • provision for AM.39 Exocet anti-ship missiles, cannon or machine-gun pods, rocket-launcher pods, bombs, ECM equipment and other stores carried on four underwing hardpoints
  • Operators:
  • Norway, United States
 

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EMBRAER EMB-110 / 111 Bandeirante


  • Origin
  • Brazil
  • Type
  • seven-seat maritime surveillance and patrol aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 360 km/h / 223 mph
  • Max Range
  • 2945 km / 1,830 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 15.95 m (52 ft 4 in)
  • length 14.91 m (48ft 11 in)
  • height 4.91 m (16ft 1.7 in)
  • Weight
  • empty 3900 kg (8,598 Ib); maximum take-off 7000 kg (15,432 Ib)
  • Powerplant
  • two 559-kW (750-shp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprops
  • Armament
  • 2.75-in (70-mm) FFAR or 5-in (127-mm) HVAR rockets, smoke grenades, flares, chaff etc.
  • Operators:
  • Brazil (EMB-111), Uruguay (EMB-110)
 

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Fokker F-27 Enforcer



  • Origin
  • Netherlands
  • Type
  • armed maritime multi-role patrol aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 463 km/h / 287 mph
  • Max Range
  • 5000 km / 3,107 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 29.00 m (95 ft 1.7 in) length 23.56 m (77 ft 3.6 in) height 8.70 m (28 ft 6.5 in)
  • Weight
  • empty 13725 kg (30,258 Ib); normal take-off 20410 kg (45,000 Ib); maximum take-off 22680 kg (50,000 Ib)
  • Powerplant
  • two 1738-ekW (2,330-eshp) Rolls-Royce Dart Mk 552 turboprops
  • Armament
  • provision for up to 3930 kg (8,664 Ib) of disposable stores carried on two fuselage pylons and six underwing hardpoints; typical weapons include up to four AS torpedoes, or AM.39 Exocet, Sea Eagle, Harpoon, Maverick or Sea Skua anti-ship missiles
  • Operators:
  • Angola, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Thailand
The F-27 is Active but not in production. I believe the F-50 version is the new replacement.
 

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Grumman E-2



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  • Origin
  • USA
  • Type
  • carrierborne and land-based airborne early warning and control aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 325 kt / 374 mph
  • Max Range
  • 2,583 km / 1,605 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 24.56 m / 80 ft 7 in
  • length 17,54 m / 57 ft 6.75 in
  • height 5.58 m / 18 ft 3.75 in
  • Weight
  • empty 17,265 kg / 38,063 Ib
  • maximum take-off 23,556 kg / 51,933 lb
  • Powerplant
  • two 3661-ekW (4,910-ehp) Allison T56-A-425 turboprops
  • Armament
  • none
  • Operators:
  • Egypt, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, United States
 

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is there anyone in this forum who knows about EW ?
 

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Grumman EA-6 Prowler



  • Origin
  • USA
  • Type
  • electronic countermeasures platform
  • Max Speed
  • 530 kt / 610 mph
  • Max Range
  • 1,769 km / 1,099 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 16.15 m / 53 ft 0 in
  • length 18.24 m / 59ft 10 in
  • height 4.95 m / 16 ft 3 in
  • Weight
  • empty 14,588 kg / 32,162 lb

  • maximum take-off 29,484 kg / 65,000 lb
  • Powerplant
  • two 5080-kg (11,200-lb) dry thrust Pratt & Whitney J52- P-408 turbojets
  • Armament
  • initially none but retrofitted with capability for the underwing carriage of four or six AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missiles on the ICAP-2 and ADVCAP aircraft respectively
  • Operators:
  • United States
 

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This one here is very old, not in production anymore but still active for limited service only.



Grumman Mohawk OV-1



  • Origin
  • USA
  • Type
  • tactical reconnaissance aircraft
  • Max Speed
  • 491 km/h / 305 mph
  • Max Range
  • 1738 km / 1,080 miles
  • Dimensions
  • span 14.63 m (48 ft 0 in)
  • length 13.69 m (44 ft 11 in)
  • height 3.86 m (12 ft 8 in)
  • Weight
  • empty 5333 kg (11,757 Ib); maximum take-off 8085 kg (17,826 Ib) with IR or 8164 kg (18,000 lb)with SLAR
  • Powerplant
  • two 1044-kW (1,400-shp) Lycoming T53-L-701 turboprops
  • Armament
  • generally none
  • Operators:
  • Argentina, Israel
 
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