Photo-op: Hat-less P-3 AEW&C

I asked Lockheed Martin yesterday for a photo of the re-winged P-3B that has been delivered to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. That’s a significant event in itself. The agency’s 16 P-3s were grounded for two years after the US Navy discovered a corrosion crisis across the fleet. But the photo struck me for another reason entirely.

Gone was the dome search radar on top of the fuselage. In its place is what briefly looked to me like a miniature version of the phased-array “tophat” antenna that sits atop the 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. After a few more gulps of coffee and some furious Google browsing, I realized that it’s just the radar structure without the dome on top. That’s something you don’t see everyday, so I’m posting here in case anybody else gets confused!


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3 Responses to Photo-op: Hat-less P-3 AEW&C

  1. Koz 15 July, 2010 at 3:51 am #

    I never knew the P-3 came in a AWACS variant (thought that was relegated to the Hawkeye)

    Odd though, they removed the radar but decided to leave the mount on the plane? Was it just too much work to remove the extra weight?

  2. Tom 15 July, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    More likely they just haven’t reinstalled the antenna yet.

  3. Rusell 25 August, 2010 at 6:56 am #

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