Y E-2C HAWKEYE
BRIEFING: The all-weather E-2C Hawkeye carrier-based
airborne command-and-control aircraft has served as the
“eyes” of the U.S. Navy for nearly 50 years. The E-2C provides
simultaneous air and surface surveillance, strike and intercept
control, battle management and search-and-rescue capabilities. Four foreign militaries currently fly E- 2 variants.
The E-2C, which had its first production delivery in 1973, is
equipped with the APS- 145 airborne early warning radar. The
system can simultaneously and automatically detect and track
more than 2,000 targets and control more than 20 airborne
intercept operations. The Navy operates four configurations of
the E-2C Group II aircraft, which have seen significant improvements over their years of operation. In fiscal 2004, the Navy
commenced fleet delivery of a robust Group II Replacement Mission Computer effort and state-of-the-art flat-panel displays.
The E-2C has demonstrated its capabilities during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, providing critical
battle and airspace management, combat search-and-rescue
command and communication relay, and excelling in strike-control and tanker-control operations. It also has been a cornerstone in supporting drug-interdiction efforts around the
world. E-2C aircraft contributed in search-and-rescue operations after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 and the
earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, providing urban relief
efforts that included air traffic control.
The last variant of the E-2C, known as Hawkeye 2000, was
introduced in fiscal 2002. This variant includes an improved
commercial, off-the-shelf- (COTS-) based mission computer
upgrade, a new operator display, upgraded cooling system,
improved satellite communications and the USG- 3 Cooperative
Engagement Capability (CEC) system. Hawkeye 2000 E-2Cs
equipped with CEC were deployed for the first time in 2002
over Afghanistan. The Navy continued procurement of the
Hawkeye 2000 through 2007 and delivered the last E-2C
Hawkeye aircraft Sept. 30, 2009, to VAW- 120.
The Navy ensured the aircraft remained a viable and capa-
ble platform through several upgrades. Aircraft reliability
updates started in 2013, and included enhancements to the
intercommunication system, rate gyro/acceleration sensors,
CEC system and radar altimeter. Communications, navigation
and identification and mission system avionics installations
continued through 2014.
Upgrades to the E-2C continue and include a new high-frequency radio, high-frequency Internet Protocol capabilities,
mission computer upgrade and updated software configuration
set. All active fleet E-2Cs employ the all-composite eight-bladed NP2000 propeller.
The E-2C equips seven fleet VAW squadrons, plus VAW- 120,
the fleet replacement squadron. As of October 2016, there were
43 E-2Cs and one TE-2C training version in inventory.
WINGSPAN: . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; 80. 6;feet
LENGTH: ................ 57.7feet
HEIGHT:.................; 18. 3;feet
WEIGHT: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; maximum;gross;takeoff:; 55,000;pounds
SPEED: ..................maximum 300+ knots
CEILING:................. 30,000 feet
RANGE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; ferry;range,; 1,300;nautical;miles
POWER PLANT: . . . . . . . . . . ; 2;Rolls-Royce;T56-A-427;(E-2C);turboprop;engines,;
CRE W: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; 2;pilots,; 3;mission;systems;operators
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . Northrop Grumman Corp.
E-2D ADVANCED HAWKEYE
BRIEFING: The E-2D is designed for modern threats and
increased detection over blue water, land and in the littoral. Its
radar provides advanced 360-degree coverage with mechanical and electronic scanning capability for continuous detection
and tracking of targets, expanding maritime domain awareness
operations and sorting the dense maritime picture. Beyond
the strike group, the E-2D’s command-and-control capability
makes it a diverse and flexible platform through its ability to
coordinate airborne strike, land force support, rescue operations,
managing a reliable communications network between widely
dispersed nodes and drug interdiction operations support.
The systems and capabilities of the E-2D were completely redesigned to support current and future missions and
integration with key players in the carrier strike group. The
E-2D features the APY- 9 radar with a two-generation leap in
capability and upgraded aircraft systems that improve supportability and increase readiness. Another notable upgrade
is the glass cockpit. The three 17-inch liquid crystal display
panels enable either the pilot or co-pilot to become a fourth
tactical operator — when not actively engaged in flying the
aircraft — to give the crew more flexibility in performing its
diverse missions. The Navy is developing an aerial refueling
capability for fleet introduction in fiscal year 2020.
The E-2D made its maiden flight on Aug. 3, 2007, and first
mission systems flight Dec. 14, 2007. The E-2D completed
Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in October 2012 and
was approved for full-rate production (FRP) in March 2013.
Later that year, the Navy awarded the FRP Lot 1 contract for
five aircraft. The E-2D Multiyear Procurement Secretary of
Defense Certification enabled the Navy to award a multiyear
contract to Northrop Grumman in June 2014 for the procurement of 25 E-2Ds; 51 aircraft have been placed on contract.
The Navy’s program of record is 75. As of November 2016, 27
E-2Ds had been delivered.
E-2C HAWKE YE AND C-2A GRE YHOUND FLYING ABOVE USS ZUMWALT