E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform and is currently in development. It features a state-of-the-art radar with a two-generation leap in capability and upgraded aircraft systems that will improve supportability and increase readiness.
The E-2D continues the Navy’s integrated war fighting legacy by providing broad area coverage resulting in broader range capabilities. With the E-2D’s enhanced ability to work in the littoral and over land, the platform provides a critical capability to protect our nation’s interests.
Beyond the battle group, the Hawkeye’s command and control capability makes it a multi-mission platform through its ability to coordinate concurrent missions that may arise during a single flight, to include: airborne strike, land force support, rescue operations, managing a reliable communications network between widely dispersed nodes and support for drug interdiction operations. The use of the new glass cockpit and tactical fourth operator display allows the five-person crew more flexibility in fulfilling these diverse missions.
Overall Length: 57 ft. 8.75 in
Wing Area: 80 ft. 7 in
Weight (Empty): 40,484 lbs
Speed: 300+ kts
Ceiling: 37,000 ft.
Power Plant: Two Rolls-Royce T56-A-427 Turboprop engines (5100 shp each)
Sensors: Fully integrated open architecture system;
Crew: five; two pilots, three mission systems operators with the option for the co-pilot to act as fourth mission systems operator.
Prime Contractor: Northrop Grumman
Development Phase: System Development and Demonstration (SDD) began FY02
First Flights: Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) – FY07
Production Phase: Pilot Production began July 9, 2007
Projected Inventory: 73 aircraft through 2022.
Projected Initial Operational Capabilities (IOC) dates: First quarter 2012 Initial Operational Test & Evaluation followed by full-rate production in 2013 and Fleet Integration in fiscal year 2015.