Air Force Eyes E-7 Wedgetail to Replace E-3 Sentry

The Air Force needs a replacement for its aging E-3 Sentries, and off-the-shelf E-7 Wedgetails could fill the gap until a satellite capability emerges.

The U.S. Air Force is now actively looking into the possibility of buying a fleet of E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft. The service’s top uniformed officer says that these aircraft could provide a "path" from the retirement of the aging fleet of E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System jets, or AWACSs, and a future space-based radar capability.

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