The E-3 provides quick-reaction surveillance and C2
management for tactical and defensive missions.
Detection, identification, tracking, and interception of
hostile aircraft operating at low altitudes over all terrain
Identification and control of friendly aircraft in the same
airspace as hostile aircraft
The E-3 AWACS combines the following mission-system components: surveillance radar (housed in a rotating dome), navigation, communications, data processing, identification equipment, display equipment, and an airborne version of the IBM command-and-control multiprocessing computer.
The E-3 is a militarized Boeing 707-320B commercial jetliner.
Flight range over 5,000 miles, altitude over 35,000 feet
Four TF-33, 21,000-pound-thrust jet engines (used by the U.S. and NATO)
E-3D version - Four CFM-56 engines for higher
performance (and altitude) operation that extends the
surveillance horizon (used by France, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom)