posted on Mar, 18 2004 @ 08:57 AM
I don't know that the New RN aircraft carriers are going to be ski-ramp equipped, but they will be smaller than US aircraft carriers.
Fitting an AWACS-type radome on top of the V-22 would be rather difficult. The fan blades would interfere much of the time, unless pulses were
carefully co-ordinated in broadcast, much like the firing interrupters on WWI fighter aircraft. There would also be stability and aerodynamicity
issues which would have to be overcome. The Osprey would be a good idea, though, if you could get around those problems.
To my knowledge, the Royal Navy doesn't have a Hawkeye equivalent. I suspect most of the surveillance may be carried out by UAVs and modified
helicopters. But choppers are not good for high-altitude surveillance jobs. I'll try and find out more.