An aircraft launch-and-recovery officer signals for the launch of a C-2A Greyhound assigned to the Rawhides of Fleet
Logistics Support Squadron 40 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean Sept.
5. A modernized C- 2, equipped with the new cockpit, wings, engines and empennage of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar
warning aircraft, is one of the candidates for the Navy’s next-generation carrier-onboard-delivery aircraft.
“We think that our modernization plan is the best
approach for the Navy to continue to carry onboard deliv-
ery requirements for the foreseeable future,” he said. “Our
proactive approach especially takes into account the fact
that E-2D has completed operational tests and evaluation
and is approaching IOC, so the opportunity is there to
merge the configuration of the C- 2 and E-2D and the
Navy can then reap savings from having greater quanti-
ties, as well as support for management along the way.”
The C-2A carries 26 passengers and 10,000 pounds
of cargo out to an unrefueled range of 1,300 nautical
miles, enough to reach an aircraft carrier in most areas
in the Pacific Ocean where it is likely to operate,
Squires said. The C-2A flies at a ceiling of 28,000 to
30,000 feet and is pressurized, providing a relatively
comfortable ride for passengers and medevac patients,
and enabling the aircraft to avoid bad weather.
“Pressurization is vital to delivery and logistics missions because it removes the risk of having to fly
through inclement weather. An unpressurized aircraft
not only puts the passengers and supplies in danger,
but also jeopardizes the operational integrity and
readiness of the carrier strike group,” he said.
Squires said the key attributes desired of CODs are
range and payload. A long range reduces the constriction
of logistics on the maneuvering space a carrier needs to
operate with flexibility. The C-2A’s payload allows for 26
passengers or 862 cubic feet of cargo or anything in
between, he said, noting that the cargo volume “often far
exceeds the importance of the weight.”
In some situations, seats must be removed from the
aircraft to make room for cargo.