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Boeing E-6B Mercury

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Development

Entwicklung

The Boeing E-6 Mercury acts as an airborne command post and communications relay in times of crisis. It is an adaptation of the Boeing 707-320 airliner by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.The  E-6A was a communications relay aircraft that entered service with the US Navy in July 1989, replacing the EC-130Q. It conveyed instructions from the National Command Authority to fleet ballistic missile submarines, a mission known as TACAMO ("Take Charge and Move Out"). The E-6B model deployed in October 1998 kept this role, but added further command post capabilities and control of land-based missiles and nuclear-armed bombers. The E-6B replaced Air Force EC-135C's in the "Looking Glass" role, providing command and control of U.S. nuclear forces should ground-based control become inoperable.

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Variants

Versionen

  E-6A

Communications relay aircraft and airborne command post TACAMO

E-6B

 

  E-6B

Upgraded version of the E-6A that now includes a battlestaff area and new flight deck systems

E-6B

 

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Operational history

Einsatzgeschichte

 

The first E-6A was accepted by the US Navy in August 1989, sixteen were delivered up to 1992. The first E-6B was accepted in December 1997 and the entire E-6 fleet was modified to the E-6B standard, with the final delivery taking place on 1 December 2006

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Specifications

Technische Daten

Specifications

E-6B

Wingspan

Spannweite

43,40 m

Length

Länge

46,61 m

Height

Höhe

12,85 m

Wing area

Flügelfläche

273,7 m²

Engine

Motor

4× CFMI CFM-56-2A-2 high-bypass turbofans

Maximum speed

Höchstgeschwindigkeit

970 Km/h

Empty weight

Leergewicht

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Loaded weight

Startgewicht

154,400 kg

Climb Rate

Steigrate

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Service ceiling

Gipfelhöhe

12,200 m

Range

Reichweite

12,144 km

Armament

Bewaffnung

none

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Serials

Seriennummern

Boeing E-6 Mercury
E-6A

164386 - 164388

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E-6B

168245 - 168249

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Total

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