153442 - Researcher 442 is a heavyweight P-3B is configured with the E-2C rotating antenna (rotodome), 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 very distinctive rotodome, another distinguishing aircraft exterior feature is the CEC End Fire Array (EFA) antenna. This 54-inch antenna with the associated fairing presents a noticeable bulge below the entrance hatch located on the aft aircraft belly. 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.
By kjfitz @ 2006-01-17 00:57:39