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Grumman G-123 Hawkeye (E-2C)

First flown in late 1960, the Hawkeye was designed to provide AEW (airborne early warning) for the US Navy’s carriers.  By 1968, the E-2 was equipped with Doppler Radar and has been the “Eye in the sky” for the Navy for more than thirty years.  

This all-weather, carrier-based platform features a 24 foot radome that revolves at six RPM and retracts 24” for carrier stowage.

The three system operator crewmen with highly specialized electronic equipment can simultaneously search, identify and track more than six million cubic miles of airspace and hundreds of targets.  

The E-2C can also provide strike and traffic control, search and rescue guidance, navigation assistance and automatic digital communications relay.  

In 1999, The US Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $1.3 billion dollar contract to build 21 E-2C Hawkeye 2000’s.  An additional $1.9 billion was given in 2003 for system development and demonstration (SDD) of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, which is expected to enter service by 2011.

Service History of 161344

Delivered: January 18, 1989

Sept 12, 1990 - VAW-78 NAS Norfolk

Feb 28, 1991 - VAW-110 NAS Miramar

June 9, 1992 - VAW-110 NAS North Island

Nov 19, 1993 - VAW-110 NAS Miramar

Mar 10, 1994 - VAW-115 USS Independence

Aug 24, 1995 - VAW-115 NAF Atsugi, Japan

Nov 18, 1995 - VAW-115 USS Independence

Aug 26, 1996 - VAW-115 NAF Atsugi, Japan

Aug 27, 1998 - VAW-115 USS Independence

MFG: Grumman

First Produced: 1971

Powerplant: (2) Allison T56-A-425

Prop: Hamilton Standard

Horsepower: 4,910 lbs each

Service Ceiling: 30,800 ft

Cruise: 310 mph

Top Speed: 374 mph

Range: 1,605 miles

Empty Weight: 38,009 lbs

Gross Weight: 51,900 lbs

Wing Span: 80’7”

Wing Area: 700 sq. ft

Length: 57’6.75”

Height: 18’3.75”

Armament: None

Number Built: More than 140

C models, still in production

Acquired by Yanks in Jan 2001.