By Maurice W. Long

This entire dialogue of airborne early caution (AEW) procedure suggestions contains a wide selection of concerns, together with features and boundaries, developmental traits and possibilities for development. together with contributions from specialists within the box, the publication is gifted at various degrees of complexity, starting from common to complicated. For the generalist, the textual content presents a primary knowing of the prestige of AEW thoughts with using purely common arithmetic. For the professional, there are separate chapters that emphasize key AEW radar concerns, together with such themes as plane results on sidelobe litter; litter and aim versions for AEW; radar parameter choice; muddle, fake alarm, and objective path facts; algorithms for a number of goal monitoring; and aim acceptance procedure improvement. it is going to be a welcome library addition for the engineer, scientist, process integrator, consumer, dressmaker, or supervisor with curiosity in AEW thoughts. it's also compatible for college students and professors of electric and process engineering or army technology.

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One significant drawback to permanent stationing of the AEW aircraft at a central logistics base is mission responsiveness. This is not an issue if the mission assignments for the AEW aircraft can be planned well in advance and no deviations from the plan are made. If, however, the AEW aircraft are being used in a tactical, quick reaction role, the AEW aircraft must be based in a location near the expected threat area to reduce transit time to station. The compromise solution to this issue that seems to work well is to maintain a permanent base with complete logistics support and operational locations (forward bases) collocated with tactical assets that have a limited amount of AEW logistics support.

It can be strategic defense in which a country's borders are monitored and protected, or it can be a combat zone such as Western Europe in WW II. In a zone-type defense, the target area could be anywhere, so rapid deployment and mobility are critical. The second factor to be considered is the threat or target to be detected. This will determine the type of sensor to be used, its detection range, power requirements, and size. These all have a profound effect on the platform. With radar, the size of the antenna increases as the target size decreases, if power and dwell time remain constant.

6 CREW SIZE AND FUNCTIONS The optimum crew size for an AEW platform is a function of mission tasking and system automation. The mission tasking for current AEW aircraft, as mentioned earlier in this chapter, has grown significantly, from strictly an airborne surveillance and warning function to an integral part of the command and control/battle management structure. Typical AEW crew functions now include surveillance, tracking, air intercept control, strike control, other air control such as tanker join-ups, data link coordination, communications relay, ESM data collection, surface search, air traffic control, and a variety of other tasks.

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