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