Northrop Grum­man-built E-2D ad­vanced Hawk­eye re­ports for duty

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The US Navy has de­clared ini­tial op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity (IOC) for the E-2D ad­vanced Hawk­eye air­craft, de­signed, de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured by Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion. It is the new­est and most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced vari­ant of the ven­er­a­ble E-2 Hawk­eye air­borne early warn­ing com­mand and con­trol (AEW&C) plat­form.

“This sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone is a re­sult of the strong part­ner­ship be­tween the fleet, the ac­qui­si­tion com­mu­nity and our in­dus­try part­ner,” said Cap­tain Drew Bas­den, com­man­der, Air­borne Com­mand Con­trol and Lo­gis­tics Wing. “By achiev­ing IOC, we can ef­fec­tively de­ploy the E-2D for op­er­a­tional mis­sions and con­tinue our suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion from the E-2C Hawk­eye.”

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

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