Military


E-3 Sentry (AWACS)

Specifications
Primary Function Airborne surveillance, command, control and communications
ContractorsPrime: Boeing Aerospace Co.
Radar: Northrop Grumman
Power Plant Four Pratt and Whitney TF33-PW-100A turbofan engines
Thrust 21,000 pounds each engine
Length 145 feet, 6 inches (44 meters)
Wingspan 130 feet, 10 inches (39.7 meters)
Height 41 feet, 4 inches (12.5 meters)
Rotodome 30 feet in diameter (9.1 meters), 6 feet thick (1.8 meters), mounted 11 feet (3.33 meters) above fuselage
Speed Optimum cruise 360 mph (Mach 0.48)
Ceiling Above 29,000 feet (8,788 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 347,000 pounds (156,150 kilograms)
Endurance More than 8 hours (unrefueled)
Unit Cost Approximately $270 million
Crew Flight crew of four plus mission crew of 13-19 specialists (mission crew size varies according to mission)
Date Deployed March 1977
Inventory Active force, 33; Reserve, 0; Guard, 0
Losses An E-3 crashed 22 Sep 1995 in Alaska, reducing the US fleet by one.



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