E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE)
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) is the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform. 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.
The U.S. Navy strives to continuously implement improvements to aircraft. In FY2020, the E-2D will achieve initial operational capability (IOC) with aerial refueling (AR) capability. With AR, the all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning and command and control aircraft will be able to remain airborne to the limits of the aircrew and airframe endurance. Aerial refueling-equipped aircraft will also feature new endurance seats, fuel system ehnancements, and new exterior lighting. Aerial refueling increases the range and persistence of the E-2D AHE. The "eyes of the fleet" will see further and wider, equipping the warfighter for ever-evolving threats.
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-427A 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
Production Phase: Full Rate Production (FRP)
Projected Inventory: 75
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): October 2014