AEW Aircraft Design
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The aging E-2C fleet is expected to be retired by the year 2015. In order to provide Airborne Early Warning AEW for the battle group during the transitional years and beyond, the design of a replacement aircraft must begin soon. In order to conform with present day economic realities, one possible configuration is a new airframe using the radar system and rotodome which currently operates on the E-2C. Other likely requirements for a new AEW aircraft includes a high-speed dash M0.7-0.85 capability, an extended mission time up to 7.5 hours, turbofan engines, and an aircrew ejection system. The results of this design effort includes an investigation of a possible configuration and the aerodynamics involved. Performance and Stability and Control characteristics are also discussed briefly. Finally, a qualitative analysis of the use of the E-2Cs radar system on a new airframe will be presented.
- Antiaircraft Defense Systems