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E-6B Mercury  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$142 million
Also Known As: TACAMO
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: E-6 Mercury
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989
Total Production: 16
Total Cost: USD$2.3 billion
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Description: The US Navy E-6 Mercury, also known as TACAMO (TAke Charge And Move Out), is a communications relay and an airborne command post aircraft derived from the Boeing 707 commercial aircraft. It provides survivable, reliable, and endurable command, control and communications between the National Command Authorities and strategic and non-strategic US forces worldwide.

The E-6 aircraft replaced the aging EC-130Q performing airborne communications between the US national authorities and submarine ballistic forces during times of crisis. It carries a very low frequency communications dual trailing wire antennas.

The first E-6A aircraft was accepted by the US Navy in 1989. The E-6B was conceived for the replacement of the EC-135 Looking Glass airborne command post aircraft, while retaining E-6A capabilities. The first aircraft entered service with the US Navy in 1997 and assumed its dual purpose operational mission in October 1998.

The E-6B dual purpose aircraft (command post and communications link) was equipped with the Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS). ALCS is capable of launching land based intercontinental ballistic missiles. The E-6 fleet was completely upgraded to the B model standard in 2003 being powered by four CFM-56-2A-2 turbofans.

E-6B Mercury Specifications

Crew: 22
Number of Engines: 4
Height: 12.9 meter (42 foot)
Length: 46 meter (150 foot)
Wingspan: 45 meter (148 foot)
Ceiling: 12,200 meter (40,026 foot)
Max Range: 12,150 kilometer (6,560 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 267 mps (519 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 6 hour (0.25 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 154 ton (340,388 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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E-6B Mercury News

There are 8 news between
1 Dec 2006 and 31 Jan 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018US Air Force to Modernize ALCS on E-6B Mercury Airborne Command Post
Monday, November 25, 2013Boeing Tests Validate Performance of FAB-T Satellite Communications Program
Tuesday, June 26, 2012Northrop Grumman to Modify E-6B With High-Speed, Secure Networking and Communications
Thursday, May 24, 2012US Navy, Air Force Develop Engine Modification that May Save Billions
Monday, January 16, 2012Finmeccanica Awarded New Orders Valued up to EUR 200 Million
Thursday, May 21, 2009CFM56-2 Engine Sets New Military Time on Wing Record
Monday, February 2, 2009B-2 Bomber Receives First FAB-T Satellite Communicaton Terminal
Friday, December 1, 2006US Navy Receives Final Upgraded E-6B Aircraft

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