posted on May, 16 2014 @ 10:42 AM
A newly released Air Force briefing document has set some of the requirements for an eventual E-8C replacement program. It suggests a crew of 10 - 13
and a 13ft - 20ft radar array.
The original request was for a jet in the business class size but now looks like they will need something a little bigger.
The USAF earlier this year announced plans to acquire an E-8C replacement with an aircraft in the business jet class that could achieve an
initial operational capability in 2022. A host of potential bidders – including Boeing, Bombardier and Gulfstream – attended an industry day
hosted by the service on 8 April....
....Although a 13-strong crew with a 6.1m radar array is a reduction from the 18-member team and 7.3m array on the Boeing 707-based E-8C (below), the
staffing and sensor requirements for the new system could make it challenging to accommodate in a typical business jet.
Look like they may need to revitalize the cancelled E-10A program maybe?:
I wonder if the Air Force could ever bring themselves to purchasing an aircraft that can already fill their need...except it just happens to be used
be the Navy though...
edit on 16-5-2014 by Sammamishman because: (no reason given)