The C-2A Greyhound is a high wing, twin-engine Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft.
Powered by twin Allison T56-A-425 turboprop engines and Hamilton-Sundstrand constant speed propellers, the C-2A Greyhound can transport cargo between ship and shore in a matter of hours. As a derivative of the E-2C Hawkeye, the C-2 has a common wing with the Hawkeye but has a widened fuselage and a rear loading ramp.The interior arrangement of the cabin can accommodate priority cargo like jet engines, passengers, litter patients and critical spare parts. A cargo cage system provides restraint for loads during ship launches and landings. Straight-in rear cargo loading and unloading allows for fast turnaround on the ground or carrier flight-deck. The cargo ramp can be opened in flight, allowing for airdrops of supplies and personnel. An on-board Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) provides aircraft self-sufficiency at remote airfields.
The C-2 fleet provides rapid airborne logistics capability to the carrier strike force across a full range of sea basing military operations. Avionics system improvements, an aircraft electrical rewire and structural enhancements provide the fleet with an economically viable C-2 platform for the duration of its service.
Primary Function: Carrier On-board Delivery (COD) aircraft
Prime Contractor: Northrop Grumman
Unit Cost: $38.96 million
Propulsion: Two Allison T56-A-425 turboprop engines; 4,600 shaft horsepower each
Length: 56 feet 10 inches (17.3 meters)
Height: 17 feet 2 inches (5.28 meters)
Wingspan: 80 feet 7 inches (24.56 meters)
Weight: Max. Gross, take-off: 57,500 lbs (26,082 kg)
Airspeed: Cruise - Approximately 260 knots true airspeed speed; Max - Approximately 343 knots
Ceiling: 30,000 feet (9,144 meters)