|E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Photo: Northrop Grumman|
[Avionics Today 10-28-2014] The U.S. Navy has declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. This newest variant of the E-2 Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning Command and Control (AEW&C) platform was designed, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is specifically designed as a carrier-based AEW&C system. The E-2D's design, which includes a rotating rotodome and four vertical stabilizer tail configuration, provides 360-degree surveillance to the warfighter.
The E-2D is the only Department of Defense (DOD)-designed, tested and in-production AEW&C platform and includes an AN/APY-9 radar system, new avionics and a glass cockpit.