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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
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
Number Built: More than 140
C models, still in production