Command of the French Navy wants to acquire the U.S. aircraft far superior deck Airborne Warning and Control E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, reports Jane’s. French Navy plans to take the new aircraft into service in the 2025-2026 year. E-2D will have to change in the composition of the French Navy carrier-based aircraft obsolete aircraft AWACS E-2C Hawkeye.
According to the preparatory solution, the substitution of new Hawkeye E-2D will be executed one by one, in other words instead of 3 older aircraft will buy three new France. In general, the volume of purchases in the future may be increased. Navy Command decided to make the purchase of new aircraft for ending production step E-2D for the U.S. Navy. Prerequisites such solutions are not specified. In order to not lose decked AWACs France will upgrade the existing E-2C.
As part of modernization programs from being implemented together with the American company Northrop Grumman, the French plan to install new Hawkeye defendants «friend or foe» Mode 5 / S, including system query and response AN/APX-122IFF AN/APX-123IFF. In addition, the aircraft will have electronic security system AN/ALQ-217, new monitors and information processing systems. Some of this equipment is used in the new E-2D. Modernization of the first E-2C will end in the 2016-2017 year.
Earlier American company Northrop Grumman announced that it will be able, along with the creation of E-2D for the U.S. Navy to produce a limited batch of aircraft types such export under contracts concluded in the system zabugornyh military sales (FMS) of the Office of Military Cooperation (DSCA) Pentagon. First export deliveries of new aircraft AWACS American company will be able to start no earlier than 2018.
U.S. Navy began assessment tests E-2D in 2012. In the coming 10 years, South American military plans to purchase 75 new very little airplanes Advanced Hawkeye.
E-2D can reach speeds up to 648 km per hour to fly a distance of 2.7 thousand kilometers. The plane’s crew consists of five people. Advanced Hawkeye differs from its predecessor the new radar with active phased array AN/APY-9, more economical engines Rolls-Royce T56-A-427A and digital cockpit.