Airborne Surveillance Command & Control
This heavyweight P-3B is configured with a Hawkeye 2000 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system and an Airborne Engagement Capability (CEC) suite to support the Navy's future AEW/CEC programs. In addition to the AEW/CEC installation, there are floor and ceiling rails installed to accommodate 6 additional operator/equipment consoles in the aft crew compartment, a free-fall sonobuoy chute, and space for mounting of up to 700 lbs. of equipment in the forward equipment area. There is external wing wiring installed, including fiber optics, to support 6 external electronic pods. The nose radome area has been fitted for a modified IRDS (Infrared Radiation Detection System) turret that can be lowered and raised to support Electro-Optic projects. There are additional structure mountings in the nose and tail to accommodate the installation of project antennas. The aircraft can accommodate an internal payload of up to 2,800 lbs, external payloads of up to 10,000 lbs, and a crew of up to 16 people, including military flight crew and project scientists. The avionics suite includes a state-of-the-art, digitally controlled, analog ICS system, dual INS, SATCOM, GPS, four U/VHF, four UHF, and two high power HF communications systems, all of which are secure communications capable and available for project usage. Additionally its been outfitted with four 90KVA generators , wired to accomodate future growth of two 120KVA generators.