Military Embedded Systems

Navy awards Northrop Grumman $3.6 billion contract for 25 more E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft

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July 01, 2014

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman won a $3.6 billion Navy contract to produce and deliver 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, which would bring the total number of contracted aircraft to 50. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a carrier-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system with upgraded intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and flight systems.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has undergone a significant upgrade from earlier E-2 models with a new, more powerful AN/APY-9 radar system, -- that is exclusive to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye -- which enables the warfighter to see a greater number of targets at much greater distances. Other enhancements included new avionics and a glass cockpit.

The Northrop Grumman-led supplier team – "Team Hawkeye" – includes Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems in Syracuse, N.Y., which serves as the principal AN/APY-9 radar system supplier and is teamed with Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, and Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, Calif. Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, Ind. provides the T-56-A engines while BAE Systems in Greenlawn, N.Y., is responsible for the identification friend or foe system and L-3 Communications Randtron Antenna Systems in Menlo Park, Calif., developed the ultra-high frequency electronically scanned array antenna.

The Navy's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program of record is for 75 aircraft, of which Northrop Grumman has already deployed 13 production aircraft.

 

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