The wait is over: E-3G Block 40/45 deploys to combat theater

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    by Darren D. Heusel
    72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

    11/18/2015 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The long-awaited, highly anticipated deployment of the E-3 "Sentry" Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 aircraft is finally over, with the arrival of the first upgraded weapon system to a combat theater of operations.

    The first E-3G arrived in Southwest Asia Nov. 18, 2105, marking the deployment of the most comprehensive modification to the weapon system in its 38-year history. The changes improve communications, computer processing power, threat tracking and other capabilities.

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    "This upgrade takes computing capability from 1970s technology to current day," Gaedecke said. "Tied with the Deployable Ground System, this allows both operators and intelligence personnel capabilities far beyond [the older model] 30/35."

    http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123463680

    I am shocked that we were using computing technology from the 70's. One would think that would be limited to a country like Russia who our countrymen often ridicule for their "rusting soviet junk". What is even more amazing is that this old technology is a piece of machinery that is critical for command and control. That thing probably has little to no info security. I wonder what kind of information foreigners collected from that. |_0
     
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