AEW Defender
About the Pilatus/Britten-Norman AEW Defender
Manufactuer: B-N Group Limited
Airframe: BN-2T-4 Defender 4000 (BN-2 Islander derivative)
Power plant: Two Allison B250-17F turboprob
Horsepower: 400 hp (flat rated at 320 hp)
Length: 40 ft. 7 in.
Wingspan: 53 ft.
Height: 13 ft. 8 in.
Radar: Pre-1990: Thorn-EMI Skymaster (G-TEMI)
After 1990: Westinghouse APG-66 (G-MSSA)
Nicknames: Defender
Primary function: Airborne Early Warning
Operational: "Undisclosed due to operational concerns"
Rotodome: Nose mounted radome.
Maximum takeoff weight: 8,500 lbs (3855 kg)
Maximum speed: 154 knots at sea level
176 knots at 10,000 ft.
Aircraft Ceiling: Two Engines: 25,000 ft. (7622 m)
One Engine: 12,000 ft. (3695 m)
Operating Altitude:
Endurance: 8 hours
Range: VFR: 1006 nm (1863 km)
IFR: 861 nm (1595 km)
Radar range:
Armament: Normally none. Wings have 4 hardpoints (2 under each wing) - 750 lb inboard and 350 lb outboard each.
Crew size: 3-4
Return to Station