RAF Sentry

Royal Air Force E-3D Sentry AEW&C aircraft grounded by issues with electrical wiring and cabin conditioning system

By Dario Leone
Nov 6 2016
Share this article

The grounding of the entire E-3D fleet could affect air operations conducted in the Middle East

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has been forced to ground its E-3D Sentry airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft after issues were discovered with the aircraft’s electrical wiring and cabin conditioning system.

As reported by defensenews.com on Nov.4, 2016, a Royal Air Force spokesman said the problem was discovered during routine technical inspection of the aircraft and that the Sentry fleet will only fly again once the ongoing rectification work is complete.

The repairs on the electrical wiring and cabin conditioning system will be carried out at RAF Coningsby and it might take several weeks before the E-3D fleet is ready to resume flying.

The six E-3Ds currently in service with the Royal Air Force were originally due to be retired in 2025, but 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) established that the aircraft will remain operational until at least 2035.

Noteworthy since the RAF has one Sentry‎ usually based in Cyprus committed to Operation Shader (as the British participation in the ongoing military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] is code-named) the grounding of the entire E-3D fleet could affect air operations conducted in the Middle East.

In fact because of this issue the military operations of the U.S. led coalition against ISIL will face a shortage of AEW&C platforms, which play a crucial role in deconflicting planes operating in the same airspace, especially after the Russian Air and Space Force (RuASF) has increased its air activity in the skies over Syria.


Photo credit: Crown Copyright

Share this article

Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share this article

Share this article
Share this article

Always up to date! News and offers delivered directly to you!

Get the best aviation news, stories and features from The Aviation Geek Club in our newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox.

Error: Contact form not found.

Share this article
Back to top
My Agile Privacy
This website uses technical and profiling cookies. Clicking on "Accept" authorises all profiling cookies. Clicking on "Refuse" or the X will refuse all profiling cookies. By clicking on "Customise" you can select which profiling cookies to activate. In addition, this site installs Google Analytics in version 4 (GA4) with anonymous data transmission via proxy. By giving your consent, the data will be sent anonymously, thus protecting your privacy. We and our selected ad partners can store and/or access information on your device, such as cookies, unique identifiers, browsing data. You can always choose the specific purposes related to profiling by accessing the advertising preferences panel, and you can always withdraw your consent at any time by clicking on "Manage consent" at the bottom of the page.

List of some possible advertising permissions:

You can consult: our list of advertising partners, the Cookie Policy and the Privacy Policy.
Warning: some page functionalities could not work due to your privacy choices