U.S. Department of Defense approved the full-scale development of new carrier-based aircraft distant radar detection E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, reports Flightglobal. Previously graduated from South American military operational and performance tests of the new aircraft. By allowing for large-scale mass production American company Northrop Grumman will be able to enter into agreements with the U.S. Navy’s long-term contracts for the supply of E-2D.
In total, the U.S. Navy positioned an order to supply 75 new carrier-based aircraft, of which Northrop Grumman has delivered nine. In addition, another 11 aircraft are in various stages of production. Other 55 E-2D plan to collect and transmit the U.S. Navy in the coming 10 years will not be disturbed if the schedule signing contracts to supply equipment. U.S. Navy plans to announce initial operational readiness Advanced Hawkeye in 2015.
New deck AWACS aircraft will have to change in the U.S. Navy obsolete versions of the aircraft E-2 Hawkeye, which entered service in the 1980s. The new plane is capable of speeds up to 650 km per hour to fly a distance of 2.6 thousand kilometers. E-2D resettled digital cockpit, the latest system planning and combat radar with active phased array antenna.