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E-3 AWACS / Sentry
 
Latest update: May 2017
 
Abbr.: Order and inventory status information: Abbr.: Order and inventory status information:
       
Order. No. of aircraft ordered. WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.
Opt. No. of aircraft options. Sold No. of aircraft sold to another country.
Opp. No. of possible aircraft sales. Oth. D. No. of aircraft bought from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed). Act. No. of aircraft operational.
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview E-3 AWACS
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Del. On Ord. W/O WFU Sold Oth. Del. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
France 4     4 0             4
NATO 18     18 0             18
Saudi Arabia 5     5 0             5
United Kingdom 7     7 0             7
United States 34     34 0 1 1         32
Total 68     68 0 1 1         66
 
Comment(s):

The USAF is upgrading its E-3B and E-3C to block 40/45 standard. These AWACS are designated E-3G. Air Logistics Complex (ALC) Oklama at Tinker AFB is contracted to upgrade 24 aircraft. Seven aircraft will not receive the upgrade and be withdrawn from service by FY 2019.

Flight Global reported nine aircraft to have been converted in November 2015. Five received IOC in July 2015.

The USAF AWACS fleet is based at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richards, Alaska and at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

France and NATO are in the process of upgrading their E-3 fleet as well with France upgrading its four aircraft and NATO 14 which will see three E-3As to be withdrawn from service. The first aircraft left in 2015. All 14 upgraded aircraft (with a glass cockpit installed) are to be delivered before 2018.
 
E-3 reports - per aircraft type
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
France E-3F 4     4 0             4
NATO E-3A 18     18 0 1 1         16
Saudi Arabia E-3A 5     5 0             5
United Kingdom Sentry AEW1 7     7 0             7
United States E-3B 20     20 0 1           19
  E-3C 4     4 0             4
  E-3G 10     10 0             10
Total   68     68 0 2 1         65
 
Comment(s):

France:

In the process of updating its fleet of E-3Fs

NATO:

The first AWACS to be withdrawn from use by the NAEW&CF was E-3A LX-N90449 in 2015. Two more E-3As are scheduled to be withdrawn from service. All other AWACS (14) will be upgraded (installation of a glass cockpit) with the last one to be redelivered by the end of 2017.

United States:

The USAF E-3B and E-3C fleet is being upgraded to block 40/45 standard with delivered aircraft redesignated E-3G. Air Logistics Complex (ALC) Oklahoma at Tinker AFB is contracted to upgrade 24 aircraft. Seven aircraft will not receive the upgrade and be withdrawn from service by FY 2019.
 
E-3 Operators
 
Country Squadron Wing Aircraft Airbase
         
France   EDCA 036 E-3F Base aérienne 702, Avord
NATO NAEW&CF   E-3A Geilenkirchen, Germany
Saudi Arabia 18 Squadron   E-3A Prince Sultan Air Base
United Kingdom 8 Squadron   Sentry AEW1 RAF Waddington
  54 (R) Squadron   Sentry AEW1 RAF Waddington
United States 960th AACS 552nd ACW E-3B, E-3C, E-3G Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
  961st AACS 18th Wing E-3B, E-3C Kadena AB, Japan
  962nd AACS 3rd Wing E-3B, E-3C Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson 
  963rd AACS 552nd ACW E-3B, E-3C, E-3G Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
  964th AACS 552nd ACW E-3B, E-3C, E-3G Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
  965th AACS 552nd ACW E-3B, E-3C, E-3G Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
  966th AACS 552nd ACW E-3B, E-3C, E-3G Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
         
 
Comment(s):

The 966th AACS is the USAF E-3 training squadron.

Squadron and wing abbreviations:


AACS Airborne Air Control Squadrons
ACW Airborne Control Wing
EDCA Escadron de détection et de commandement aéroporté
NAEW&CF NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force
 
Photogallery
 
French Air Force E-3F NATO NAEW&CF E-3A Royal Air Force Sentry AEW1
     
   
USAF - PACAF E-3B    
 
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