A second radar plane is due to be delivered to Chile tomorrow (29) and a third will source spare parts.
Last Wednesday (27) the Chilean Air Force (Fach) received its first E-3D Sentry radar aircraft, operated by the Royal Air Force. The aircraft landed at II Air Brigade at Budahuel Air Base located at Santiago International Airport (SCL).
🔵 Now | 🛩️ to la #FACH
The 1st Air Force landed in the 2nd Air Force in two early warning aircraft with Boeing E-3D Sentry, surveillance, reconnaissance, space reconnaissance and air command and control capabilities. #FACH. pic.twitter.com/uRrcHP4NkR
— Fuerza Aérea de Chile (@FACh_Chile) July 27, 2022
In February, Chile confirmed the purchase of three E-3 Senri, with the third aircraft being used as a source for spare parts. The aircraft will carry out surveillance, space reconnaissance and air command and control missions.
Fach needs a new radar plane. The South American country has only one EC-707 Condor, received in 1995, a design based on the classic Boeing 707 modified by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI).
The E-3D Sentry was retired by the UK Royal Air Force in October 2021. Radar aircraft entered service in 1991, replacing the older Avro Shackleton AEW Mk 2
In South America, only Chile and Brazil operate flights with this strategy. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) operates the E-99, an Embraer ERJ 145 modified for this type of military mission.
The second E-3D Sentry radar aircraft is scheduled to arrive in Chile this Friday (29).
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