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melmothtw 29th Oct 2021 11:46

Yes, the Phalcon/Condor has been grounded for some years now. I believe the US Navy paid $15 million for the E-3D it recently bought from the MoD as a trainer, so imagine Chile's price would be in that ball park also. I doubt the Israelis (or anyone else) could offer a comparable capability for a similar price. Also worth noting that Chile already operates the KC/C-135 (albeit it with the older CFM56-2 engine), so support, training, operational synergies to be had.

Alabama boy 30th Oct 2021 11:33

I would be amazed if Chile could afford the infrastructure to support an E3 unless the RAF sold it all as a complete package for a bargain price - mission sim , specialist mission prep radar support etc etc. I would also have thought the US would have a say in any re-export of E3 technology but if Boeing/NG sell support you could sort of see a UK/US deal for Chile.

radar101 15th Nov 2021 21:14

Driving past Waddington today I noticed An E-3D on the taxiway without a rotadome. couldn't see what tail number though.

Wensleydale 15th Nov 2021 21:26


Originally Posted by radar101 (Post 11142636)
Driving past Waddington today I noticed An E-3D on the taxiway without a rotadome. couldn't see what tail number though.

ZH105. When the MOD was looking at producing our own AWACS update under "Sustain Sentry", ZH105 was going to be the ground lab for evaluating new equipment - it would stay on the ground and allow the developers to "cut metal" for new wiring looms/data nets etc without affecting the remaining flying fleet. Phase one of Sustain Sentry produced the installation of a Mode S interrogator, but the rest of the project was lost in the SDSR.


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