EP-3E (ARIES II)
Four-engine turboprop signals intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance
Features: The EP-3E ARIES II (Airborne Reconnaissance Integrated Electronic System II) is the Navy's only land-based signals intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance aircraft. The 11 aircraft in the Navy's inventory are based on the Orion P-3 airframe and provide fleet and theater commanders worldwide with near real-time tactical SIGINT. With sensitive receivers and high-gain dish antennas, the EP-3E exploits a wide range of electronic emissions from deep within targeted territory.
Background: During the 1990s twelve P-3Cs were converted to
EP3-E ARIES II to replace older versions of the aircraft. The original
ARIES I aircraft were converted in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The
last EP-3E ARIES II aircraft was delivered in 1997. EP-3Es have been
heavily engaged in reconnaissance in support of NATO forces in Bosnia,
joint forces in Korea and in Operation Southern Watch, Northern
Watch, and Allied Force.
Primary Function: Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) reconnaissance
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