posted on Nov, 21 2005 @ 05:50 AM
Northrop Grumman Passes Final Design Review for Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft
BETHPAGE, N.Y. --- Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the critical design review of the E-2D Advance Hawkeye
aircraft. All the team's basic designs, including the new radar, mission computer and workstations had been improved and Northrop Grumman can now
complete production of the two test aircraft.
Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector is performing the work as prime contractor under a $2 billion system development and demonstration
contract from the Navy.
“The E-2D is not an evolution of the Hawkeye family, even though it is the sixth generation of this system,'' said Tim Farrell, vice president of
Airborne Early Warning Programs at Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems. “It is a revolutionary design. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye concentrates
battle-management, theatre-air-missile-defense and multiple sensor-fusion capabilities in one platform, while enabling the use of the most advanced
technologies from the commercial and military worlds as they are developed, when they are needed.
“That is a huge technological accomplishment that was only possible because we have a remarkable team of companies, and the successful critical
design review confirms that,'' Farrell said.
Advanced Hawkeye will benefit from a new, higher-power rotating UHF radar antenna, the ADS-18 electronically scanned array. The E-2D's longer
detection range and smaller target discrimination will extend the platform's traditional roles to include theater air missile defense.
Other advances in the E-2D design include a tactical cockpit with three 17-inch LCD primary flight displays; navigation systems upgrades; an improved
communications suite; advanced combat information center and mission data processing; and the digitally controlled NP2000 eight-bladed rotor system.
Looks like 75 E-2D new build hawkeye's will be ordered.
[edit on 21-11-2005 by Jezza]