Replacing the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) [Updated July 26, 2022] [open pdf - 717KB]
From the Document: "The U.S. Air Force recently expressed its interest to replace the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet. Over the summer and fall of 2021, several senior Air Force officials, including Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall and Commander of Pacific Air Forces General Kenneth Wilsbach, discussed plans to replace the E-3 AWACS. The officials stated that the Air Force needs to replace its fleet of E-3 AWACS aircraft due to their age, low mission capable rates, and the inability to procure parts to maintain 40-year-old aircraft. The Air Force released a request for information on February 8, 2022, seeking to replace the AWACS beginning in FY2023. The FY2023 budget request seeks $227 million in research development, test, and evaluation to begin E-3 AWACS recapitalization while retiring 15 of 31 E-3 AWACS."
CRS In Focus, IF12045
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/