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E-3 AWACS / Sentry
 
Latest update: June 2018

Company: Boeing Defense
 
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 WFU No. of aircraft Withdrawn From Use.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.
Canc. No. of aircraft ordered cancelled. LS↓ No. of aircraft leased from another country.
Del. No. of aircraft delivered. LS ↑ No. of aircraft leased to another country.
On Or. No. of aircraft to be delivered. Act. No. of aircraft operational.
W/O No. of aircraft Written Off (crashed).    
       
Lease: When the no. of aircraft LS↓ and LS ↑ are equal the leased aircraft have been returned to the owner.
 
Order and production overview - aircraft totals
 
Country Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. Del. On Or. W/O WFU Sold Oth.D. LS↓ LS ↑ Act.
France 4       4 0             4
NATO 18       18 0 1 2         15
Saudi Arabia 5       5 0             5
UK 7       7 0             7
USA 34       34 0 1 1         32
Total 68       68 0 2 3         63
 
Comment(s):
 
Order and production overview - aircraft detailed
 
Country Aircraft Order. Opt. Opp. Canc. 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 2         15
Saudi Arabia E-3A 5       5 0             5
UK Sentry AEW1 7       7 0             7
USA E-3B 20       20 0 1           19
  E-3C 4       4 0   1         3
  E-3G 10       10 0             10
Total   68       68 0 2 3         63
 
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The first AWACS to be withdrawn from use by the NAEW&CF was E-3A LX-N90449 in 2015, the second aircraft followed on December 13, 2017 (LX-N90455). One more E-3A will be withdrawn from service and stored at AMARG at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. 14 aircraft will remain on strenght with the entire fleet upgraded (installation of a glass cockpit) and is expected to servive until the 2030s.

United States:

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 Seven aircraft will not receive the upgrade and be withdrawn from service by FY 2019.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.
 
E-3 Operators
 
Squadron Wing Aircraft Tailcode AFB State / Country Command
  EDCA 036 E-3F   Avord (BA 702) France  
NAEW&CF   E-3A   Geilenkirchen NATO  
18 Squadron   E-3A   Prince Sultan AB Saudi Arabia  
8 Sqn   E-3D (Sentry AEW1)   RAF Waddington United Kingdom  
960th ACCS 552nd ACW E-3B/C OK Tinker AFB Oklahoma ACC
961st ACCS 18th WG E-3B/C ZZ Kadena AB Japan PACAF
962th ACCS 3rd WG E-3B/C AK JB Elmendorf-Richardson Alaska PACAF
963rd ACCS 552nd ACW E-3B/C OK Tinker AFB Oklahoma ACC
964th ACCS 552nd ACW E-3B/C OK Tinker AFB Oklahoma ACC
965th ACCS 552nd ACW E-3B/C OK Tinker AFB Oklahoma ACC
966th ACCS 552nd ACW E-3B/C OK Tinker AFB Oklahoma ACC
970th ACCS   E-3B/C OK Tinker AFB Oklahoma AFRC
             
 
Comment(s):

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

Abbreviation Comment                      
                           
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  
WG Wing  
                           
 
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