The US Navy has announced that the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) is set to perform the E-2D Periodic Maintenance Interval (PMI) review.

The review has been recently directed by Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) to enhance the aircraft’s readiness and availability to the fleet.

It will be conducted under the Navy Sustainment System (NSS), an initiative by Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) to improve speed and production.

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has been hired by SECNAV to examine the current procedures for improved production quality and cost efficiencies.

FRCSW and BCG will receive support from the Fleet Support Team and the E-2/C-2 PMA-231 to thoroughly study the E-2D Hawkeye PMI specification tasks.

Manufactured by Northrop Grumman, the E-2D Hawkeye serves as the navy’s airborne early warning system (AEWS).

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E2/C2 Production deputy programme manager Joey Baesas said: “The E-2D programme took an active role embracing NSS.

“As soon as BCG implemented NSS at Naval Air Station Lemoore, programme leadership started implementing lessons learned from there.

“BCG will help identify our constraints and inefficiencies, and target those specific discrepancies to either streamline our processes or resolve those issues, and possibly reduce the PMI cycle time of the E-2D.”

FRCSW played a key role in another CNAF directive two years ago that helped the US Navy achieve 341 mission-ready F/A-18 Super Hornets by 2020.

In September 2019, the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft with aerial refuelling capability joined the US Navy’s fleet at Naval Station Norfolk.