Northrop Grum­man gets $3.6-bil­lion con­tract for 25 E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye air­craft

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The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion a $3.6-bil­lion fixed price, in­cen­tive fee multi-year con­tract to deliver 25 new E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye air­craft, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of air­craft on con­tract to 50.

De­vel­oped and pro­duced by Northrop Grum­man, the E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye is the world’s only air­craft specif­i­cally de­signed as a car­rier-based air­borne early warn­ing and con­trol (AEW&C) sys­tem. With its struc­turally dis­tinc­tive de­sign – a ro­tat­ing rotodome and four ver­ti­cal sta­biliser tail con­fig­u­ra­tion – the E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye pro­vides un­prece­dented, 360-de­gree sur­veil­lance to the warfighter.

As the only Depart­ment of De­fense de­signed, tested and in-pro­duc­tion AEW&C plat­form, the E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye has un­der­gone a sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tion from pre­vi­ous E-2 mod­els, re­sult­ing in rev­o­lu­tion­ary ca­pa­bil­i­ties. This in­cludes the new, more pow­er­ful AN/APY-9 radar sys­tem, exclusive to the E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye, which rep­re­sents a two-gen­er­a­tional leap in radar tech­nol­ogy and al­lows the warfighter to “see” a greater num­ber of tar­gets at much greater dis­tances – as well as new avion­ics and a glass cock­pit.

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

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