Air Force notice seeks E-3 Sentry replacement studies and analyses

By Briana Reilly / October 19, 2021 at 11:55 AM

The Air Force is seeking studies and analyses tied to replacing the aging fleet of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, according to a new notice.

The notice, posted today, gives few public details surrounding the information officials want, though the description calls for studying and analyzing “activities related to the current E-7A baseline configuration.”

It also directed respondents to “determine what additional work the government might need to accomplish meeting USAF configuration standards and mandates.”

The posting comes weeks after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown told reporters in September that the service is “looking at” Boeing’s E-7 Wedgetail as a replacement for AWACS -- an aircraft Brown had previously identified as one of several follow-on options for the E-3 fleet.

The E-7, Brown said last month, “gives us a path” to move forward, as he touted the speed at which it could be obtained and noted officials wouldn’t have to “start from scratch” because it’s already “a proven capability.”

Responses are due Nov. 2.