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Navy, Industry Celebrate Start-up for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050430-03
Release Date: 4/30/2005 9:21:00 AM

By James Darcy, Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs, PEO(T)

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- The Navy and Northrop Grumman Corp. foreshadowed the future of naval force projection at a “Keel Start” ceremony for the next-generation E-2 aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, April 25.

Several members of Congress, U.S. Navy officials and local dignitaries attended the event at Northrop Grumman’s facility in St. Augustine, Fla. Initial construction of the E-2D began in early April.

“With its dramatic and powerful new capabilities, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will be central in joint battlespace networked operations,” said Rear Adm. David Venlet, the Navy’s program executive officer for tactical aircraft. “It will extend warfighter reach and influence from combatant commanders to forces at the sharp edge of battle on the ground, in the air and on the sea.”

Using the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 configuration as a baseline, the E-2D will feature a state- of-the art radar with a two-generation leap in capability, as well as upgraded aircraft systems that will improve supportability and increase readiness.

“It is expected that the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will continue the E-2C’s string of successes in providing a global presence for the fleet," said Todd Balazs, acting program manager for the Program Executive Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs’ E-2/C-2 program.

The E-2D will provide advance warning of approaching enemy surface units, cruise missiles and aircraft, to vector interceptors or strike aircraft to attack. It will also provide area surveillance, communications relay, search and rescue coordination and air traffic control. The aircraft will meet airborne early warning, surveillance, battle management and theater missile defense needs, as the Navy achieves its Sea Power 21 concepts in support of Joint Vision 2020.

“From the time the current E-2C version of this aircraft was introduced in 1973, the Hawkeye has been the premier command and control platform, surpassing 1 million flight hours in its role as the ‘eyes of the fleet’,” said Cmdr. Adam Ferreira, integrated product team lead for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. “The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman team is devoted to furthering the E-2C’s achievements, creating an aircraft with revolutionary capabilities for future mission requirements.”

The Navy will receive 75 E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes. First flight of the Systems Development and Demonstration aircraft is scheduled for 2007, with delivery to the fleet in 2011.

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