E-2D aircraft

The US Navy has awarded a $113.7m advance acquisition contract to Northrop Grumman for long lead materials and related support for five full-rate production Lot 2 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.

Capable of providing threat identification and positional data to fighter aircraft such as F-14 Tomcats, while operating at an altitude of above 25,000ft, the Hawkeye all-weather airborne early-warning aircraft features new radar, theatre missile defence capabilities and multisensor integration.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems E-2/C-2 programmes vice-president Bart LaGrone said the company will provide a more affordable airborne early warning, command and control solution for the US Navy.

"This contract award, along with OSD’s full-rate production decision, is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the entire E-2D team to deliver on its promise of a mature, capable and effective E-2D Advanced Hawkeye," LaGrone said.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
"The contract brings the total current procurement of E-2D aircraft to 30."

The aircraft can be used by the US Navy to conduct strike command and control, surveillance, guidance of search and rescue missions and as a relay to extend the range of communications.

In addition to the tactical glass cockpit, AN/APY-9 solid-state and electronically steered UHF radar, the aircraft is fitted with a transmitter, receiver and identification friend-or-foe system and provides in-flight refuelling capability to extend mission endurance up to nine hours.

The contract brings the total current procurement of E-2D aircraft to 30, including low-rate initial production and full-rate production aircraft.

The US Navy had received the 10th E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in June while the initial operational capability is scheduled for 2015.

Around ten additional aircraft are currently under various stages of manufacturing and pre-delivery flight-testing at the company’s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence, in St. Augustine in Florida.

Image: Northrop-built E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft at a facility. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

Defence Technology