Northrop Wins $3.6 Billion Hawkeye Aircraft Contract

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  • 04:46 PM, July 1, 2014
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Northrop Grumman won a $3.6 billion contract to deliver 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft to the U.S Navy, bringing the total number of aircraft on contract to 50.

Developed and produced by Northrop Grumman, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a carrier-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system. With its structurally distinctive design – a rotating rotodome and four vertical stabilizer tail configurations – the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye provides unprecedented, 360-degree surveillance to the war fighter.

"The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the Navy's airborne early warning and battle management command and control platform," said Navy Capt. John S. Lemmon, program manager, Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office.

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. 

"Since the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye delivery in 2007, every aircraft has been delivered on schedule and on budget," LaGrone said.

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

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