The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been approved to enter full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense
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The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, designed and manufactured by Northrop
Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has been approved to enter
full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of Defense
(OSD). This decision follows a report where the E-2D was declared
operationally suitable and effective, following a successful
10-month initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E)
conducted by the U.S. Navy.
"With the Navy's E-2D program of record at 75 aircraft, this
decision by OSD enables the production of the remaining 55 aircraft
over the next 10 years and provides the opportunity for a
cost-effective, multiyear procurement," said Bart LaGrone, vice
president, E-2/C-2 programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
"The entire Northrop Grumman-led E-2D industry team remains focused
on providing the most capable and cost-effective airborne early
warning and command and control solution to our customer."
"Our Navy and Northrop Grumman team continues to deliver on our
promises," said Capt. John S. Lemmon, E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical
Data System Program Office (PMA-231) program manager. "I'm
confident we will meet our ultimate goal to provide a capable and
ready fleet with E-2Ds as we prepare for the first deployment in
Conducted by the U.S. Navy's Air Test and Evaluation Squadron
One, IOT&E is a rigorous phase of testing that every new system
undergoes to determine that it is operationally effective and
suitable for fleet introduction. A successful IOT&E is a key
factor leading to a successful full-rate production decision and is
a necessary step leading to a multiyear procurement.
LaGrone continued, "An operationally suitable and effective
rating confirms that the E-2D is a mature airborne early warning
and battle management, command and control system, capable of
providing critical force protection for carrier strike groups and
To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered nine E-2Ds to the U.S.
Navy on or ahead of schedule, with another 11 aircraft in various
stages of manufacturing and pre-delivery flight testing. Initial
operational capability with the U.S. Navy remains on track for