Lockheed Martin, under contract to Northrop Grumman, has delivered the 75th APY-9 radar for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. 

Chandra Marshall, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Radar & Sensor Systems business, emphasises the legacy of the APY-9 radar, “As the primary sensor for the E-2D, the APY-9 radar has a long legacy of providing agile deterrence for enhanced 21st-century security. Our primary focus is to bring our military men and women home safely, and the APY-9 sets that bar for all other AEW radars.”

Eyes of the fleet

The Advanced Hawkeye variant is hailed as the US Navy’s “eyes of the fleet”. Its simultaneous surveillance capabilities over air, land, and sea position it as a backbone in safeguarding the United States and its allies.

In North America, the ongoing procurement of EC-37B Compass Call and E-2D by the US will account for a major share of the North American ISR aircraft market, according to GlobalData’s “The Global Military Fixed Wing Aircraft Market 2023-2033” report. 

The on-time delivery underscores Lockheed Martin’s commitment to meeting the demands of the US Navy. With 80 out of 86 funded aircraft in the current programme, international interest from Japan and France further solidifies the APY-9 radar’s global importance. 

Global demand and enduring production

Anticipated to be in production well into the late 2020s and sustained through the 2040s, the APY-9 radar is a mainstay in modernising and supporting airborne early warning capabilities.

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Lockheed Martin’s two-decade-long collaboration with Northrop Grumman on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye reflects a commitment to delivering actionable data for joint forces and first responders. The radar’s provides situational awareness, shortening the time between initial awareness and active engagement.

Deployed worldwide in diverse environments, these radars are the preferred choice of more than 45 nations on six continents. The 75th APY-9 radar delivery is a milestone in a longstanding collaboration.