Thursday, September 16, 2010
Report: Chile Considers AEW Options
Chile's air force is evaluating three options for a new airborne early warning system (AEW), according to a report in Enfoque Estrategico. All three involve turboprop platforms: the Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, the SAAB 2000 AEW&C and a third alternative that would incorporate SAAB's ERIEYE airborne radar to C-295 aircraft made by Airbus. The air force is seeking to replace its lone Condor AEW airplane, a Phalcon system built by Israeli Aerospace Industries and Elta Electronics on a Boeing 707 platform. The report echoes chatter about an AEW acquisition. Enfoque Estrategico, by the way, is probably the most valuable Web site for South American military news.