The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a $775 million contract to Northrop Grumman
to go forward with full-rate production on Lot 1 of its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
Under the contract, Northrop will produce five E-2Ds for Lot 1. The E-2D, a carrier-based airborne early warning jet, was deemed "suitable and effective" during an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) report in December 2012.
“Moving from low-rate production into full-rate production validates that we have a stable production line, capable of manufacturing and delivering a mature and effective airborne early warning, battle management, command and control system,” said Bart LaGrone, vice president of E-2/C-2 programs at Northrop Grumman
NAVAIR expects to begin operating the E-2D by 2015.
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