Funding Authorized For Additional Aircraft As Program Continues
Following a successful Defense Acquisition Board review, funding
for an additional 10 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft has been
authorized. The authorization comes just a short time after the
Northrop Grumman Corporation-built E-2D made its first carrier
landing, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.
An Acquisition Decision Memorandum, signed by Dr. Ashton Carter,
undersecretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and
Logistics, validates that the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program is
continuing to successfully execute all cost and schedule
requirements and is on track to enter Initial Operational Test and
Evaluation later this year.
"This is a significant milestone for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
program," said Jim Culmo, vice president, airborne early warning
and battle management command and control programs, Northrop
Grumman Aerospace Systems sector. "The entire Advanced Hawkeye team
continues to work tirelessly to meet the commitments we've made to
our U.S. Navy customer. Delivering this advanced capability, on
time and on cost, continues a legacy that began more than 50 years
ago and ushers in a new era in airborne early warning and
battle management command and control."
"The E-2D continues the Navy's integrated warfighting legacy by
providing broad area coverage resulting in increased range
capabilities," said Capt. Shane Gahagan, Hawkeye-Greyhound program
manager, U.S. Navy. "With the E-2D's enhanced ability to work in
the littoral areas and over land, the platform provides a critical
capability to protect our nation's interests."
The Navy's program of record is for a total of 75 aircraft, with
deliveries through 2021."As the Navy celebrates its Centennial of
Navy Aviation, Northrop Grumman continues to be committed to
providing this critical first line of defense well into the 21st
century," said Culmo.
To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered five E-2D aircraft to
the Navy and production on the 10th aircraft recently began at
Northrop Grumman's East Coast Manufacturing and Flight Test Center
in St. Augustine, FL.