Northrop Grum­man, US Navy con­duct E-2D aerial re­fu­elling de­sign re­view

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The Northrop Grum­man and US Navy team have suc­cess­fully con­ducted the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign re­view (PDR) for its E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye aerial re­fu­elling sys­tem.

Com­ple­tion of this crit­i­cal mile­stone al­lows the pro­gramme to pro­ceed to its crit­i­cal de­sign re­view, mov­ing closer to man­u­fac­tur­ing the sys­tem and in­stalling it on new pro­duc­tion E-2Ds as well as retrofitting it onto E-2Ds that are cur­rently op­er­at­ing in the Navy fleet.

“I’m very pleased with the progress the team has made,” said Cap­tain John Lem­mon, Pro­gramme Man­ager, E-2/C-2 Air­borne Tac­ti­cal Data Sys­tem Pro­gramme Of­fice (PMA231). “Adding an aerial re­fu­elling ca­pa­bil­ity to the E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye will ex­tend its crit­i­cal mis­sion of pro­vid­ing con­tin­u­ous in­for­ma­tion to the warfighter who de­pends on it.”

Un­der a $226.7-mil­lion en­gi­neer­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and de­vel­op­ment con­tract awarded in 2013, Northrop Grum­man is de­sign­ing sev­eral sys­tem up­grades nec­es­sary to ac­com­mo­date an aerial re­fu­elling ca­pa­bil­ity. Th­ese in­clude new seats to en­hance pi­lot field-of-view and de­crease crew fa­tigue; for­ma­tion lights for bet­ter vi­su­al­i­sa­tion and air space ori­en­ta­tion; and en­hanced soft­ware in the air­craft’s flight con­trol sys­tem to as­sist the pi­lots with air­craft han­dling qual­i­ties when re­fu­elling.

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