E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

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Product Type:

Airborne Early Warning Aircraft (AEW&C)

Using Service (US):


Program Status:

Full Rate Production (FRP)

Prime Contractors:

Airframe: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Engines: Rolls-Royce Corporation
AN/APY-9 Radar: Lockheed Martin Corp.

The Boeing EA-18G Growler

About the E-2D Adv. Hawkeye:

The Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye/E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is an all-weather, twin engine, carrier-based, airborne early warning command, control and surveillance aircraft designed to extend task force defense perimeters. The Advanced Hawkeye provides improved battle space target detection and situational awareness - especially in the littorals (close to shore areas). The E-2 is the sister aircraft of the C-2 Greyhound transport aircraft.

The E-2D is powered by two Rolls-Royce T56-A-427A turboprop engines, each rated at 5,100 shp. The aircraft comes with Hamilton Sundstrand (UTC Aerospace Systems) NP2000 eight-bladed composite propellers.

Operating from Nimitz Class aircraft carriers - as part of carrier air wings, the E-2C/D provides expanded situational awareness, especially in the area of information operations, where it is responsible for battle management and air and missile defense. Each Nimitz Class carrier has four E-2C Hawkeyes/E-2D Adv. Hawkeyes. The Advanced Hawkeye is the first aircraft in the missile defense network able to detect a cruise missile launched from a ground-based mobile platform. The E-2D will utilize FORCEnet-enabled communications to respond to this time-critical threat and alert CG 47 AEGIS guided missile cruisers of the missile launch. The E-2D provides continuous cueing information until the cruisers can destroy the missile. Simultaneously, collaborating with satellite intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets, the Advanced Hawkeye will direct Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to locate and identify the missile launch platform. The Advanced Hawkeye relays this information to strike aircraft that will then deliver precision-guided weapons to eliminate the missile launcher before it can reposition or launch a second attack.

The E-2D comes with many new features installed, including the Lockheed Martin AN/APY-9 Airborne Early Warning Radar, which provides both mechanical and electronic scanning capabilities. The AN/APY-9 can detect smaller targets (and more of them) at a greater range. The E-2D's radar and identification friend or foe (IFF) system can detect targets at ranges in excess of 345 miles (556 km). The aircraft's electronic support measure system can detect and classify targets at distances beyond radar limits. The onboard communications and data processing subsystems are capable of collecting and distributing tactical pictures and data to command centers and other assets for network-centric operations. The 24-foot rotodome contains a new electronically scanned array, which provides critically important continuous 360-degree scanning (the UHF electronically scanned array antenna was developed by L3 Technologies). Other new features are a fully integrated tactical glass cockpit (Northrop Grumman), an advanced identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system (BAE Systems), a new mission computer (Raytheon), electronic support measures enhancements, and a state-of-the-art communications and data link suite.

The E-2D has a crew of five, including two pilots and three mission systems operators with the option for the co-pilot to act as fourth mission systems operator. Being a carrier-based aircraft, the E-2D is equipped with a tail hook for landings and is capable of using the aircraft carrier's catapults for take-off.

The E-2D first flew on August 3, 2007 and the first production aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Navy in July 2010. The E-2D was cleared for full rate production (FRP) in February 2013 and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on October 10, 2014.



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The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye provides advance warning of approaching enemy surface units and aircraft to vector interceptors or strike aircraft to attack. It provides area surveillance, intercept, strike/air traffic control, radar surveillance, search and rescue assistance, communication relay and automatic tactical data exchange.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - E-2C/D DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman,
and Rolls-Royce plc.

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