Hawkeye Program Completes Successful DAB Review
By Steve Hall
April 15, 2011 - Following a successful Defense
Acquisition Board review, funding for an additional 10
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft has been authorized. The
authorization comes just a short time after the Northrop
Grumman Corporation built E-2D made its first carrier
landing, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.
Acquisition Decision Memorandum, signed by Dr. Ashton
Carter, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics, validates that the E-2D
Advanced Hawkeye program is continuing to successfully
execute all cost and schedule requirements and is on
track to enter Initial Operational Test and Evaluation
later this year.
"This is a significant milestone for the E-2D Advanced
Hawkeye program," said Jim Culmo, vice president,
airborne early warning and battle management command and
control programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
"The entire Advanced Hawkeye team continues to work
tirelessly to meet the commitments we've made to our
U.S. Navy customer. Delivering this advanced capability,
on time and on cost, continues a legacy that began more
than 50 years ago and ushers in a new era in airborne
early warning and battle management command and
continues the Navy's integrated warfighting legacy by providing
broad area coverage resulting in increased range capabilities,"
said Capt. Shane Gahagan, Hawkeye-Greyhound program manager,
U.S. Navy. "With the E-2D's enhanced ability to work in the
littoral areas and over land, the platform provides a critical
capability to protect our nation's interests."
program of record is for a total of 75 aircraft, with deliveries
through 2021. "As the Navy celebrates its Centennial of Navy
Aviation, Northrop Grumman continues to be committed to
providing this critical first line of defense well into the 21st
century," said Culmo.
The latest version
of the E-2, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, is currently under development
and the first two aircraft, "Delta One" and "Delta Two" are in flight
testing. The E-2D features an entirely new avionics suite, including the
new APY-9 radar, radio suite, mission computer, integrated satellite
communications capability, flight management system, improved turboprop
engines, a new "glass cockpit", and the added capability for air-to-air
The APY-9 radar features an Active Electronically Scanned Array, which adds electronic scanning to the mechanical rotation of the radar in its radome. The E-2D will include provisions for either one of the pilots to act as a Tactical 4th Operator, who will have access to the full range of the mission's acquired data. The E-2D's first flight occurred on 3 August 2007. The E-2D will undergo Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in 2011.
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