Rockwell Collins has been selected by the US Navy to deliver a new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Tactics Trainer in support of the E-2D Hawkeye Integrated Training Systems (HITS) III programme.
The initial contract is valued at $34.5m, though the navy has awarded a total sum of $85.9m, which also covers other E-2D training systems currently in service.
The new equipment represents fourth tactics trainer to be delivered to the navy by Rockwell Collins and is expected to offer realistic, adaptable training for the E-2D Hawkeye aircraft.
Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions (STS) vice-president and general manager Nick Gibbs said: “The navy will have the tools they need to maintain readiness and train personnel on the complicated mission scenarios involving the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
“Our expertise and experience in developing previous iterations of E-2D training systems helped us meet the navy’s exact requirements for this programme when no one else could.”
The advanced system is capable of being integrated with other trainers throughout the country and can help support high-fidelity training in a live, virtual, constructive (LVC) environment.
Rockwell Collins’ new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Tactics Trainer is currently slated to be completed by August 2020 and will be deployed at the US Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California.
The entire range of the company’s training systems are adaptable and can meet the requirements of other platforms that carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), maritime patrol, and airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) special missions.
The US Navy’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft has been developed by Northrop Grumman and is equipped with a new radar system, which features both mechanical and electronic scanning capabilities.
It also includes an advanced identification ‘friend or foe’ system, a new mission computer and tactical workstations, as well as an upgraded communications and data link suite.