Northrop Grumman has delivered the 51st US Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye production aircraft, AA-52.

The delivery marks a major milestone for the company as it was the last aircraft to be handed over under the Multi-Year Procurement (MYP) 1 contract.

The aircraft features the Delta System/Software Configuration (DSSC) Build 3. This system, along with the incorporation of aerial refuelling and a dwell-based tracker, is expected to increase the operational effectiveness and technology for the E-2D.

With the completion of MYP 1, the deliveries under MYP 2 are slated to commence later this year.

The future deliveries will include capability improvements to enable the US Navy and joint force to combat new threats.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will help the Navy to improve its battle management command and control.

According to Northrop Grumman website, it functions as the ‘digital quarterback’ and helps in managing the mission and keeping net-centric carrier battle groups safe.

The aircraft provides the warfighter with more battlespace awareness in several areas including information operations providing battle management, theatre air and missile defence, and numerous sensor fusion competences in an airborne system.

Some of its features include upgraded communications and data link suite, advanced identification friend or foe system, new mission computer and tactical workstations, and electronic support measures enhancements.

It has been loaded with a new radar that possesses mechanical as well as electronic scanning capabilities. This radar also offers all-weather tracking and situational awareness.

In November last year, Northrop Grumman won a contract from the US Navy to continue production of AGM-88E2 advanced anti-radiation guided missiles (AARGMs).