Northrop procuring long-lead materials foe E-2D

July 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM   |   Comments

BETHPAGE, N.Y., July 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has given Northrop Grumman an advanced acquisition contract for long-lead materials for five full-rate production E-2D Hawkeyes.

The five tactical early warning aircraft will be part of Lot 2 production and bring the Navy fleet of ordered Hawkeyes to 30 of a planned acquisition of 75.

Northrop Grumman has so far delivered nine of the planes to the Navy and 10 others are in various stages of manufacturing or pre-delivery flight testing. The advanced E-2D is expected to gain initial operational capability with the Navy in 2015.

"This contract award, along with OSD's (Office of the Secretary of Defense) full rate production decision, is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the entire E-2D team to deliver on its promise of a mature, capable and effective E-2D Advanced Hawkeye," said Bart LaGrone, vice president, E-2/C-2 programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

"In today's challenging defense budget environment, it is imperative that we remain focused on providing the U.S. Navy with a more affordable airborne early warning, command and control solution.

The contract for long-lead materials and related support is worth $113.7 million.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
Hershey's new logo launched, compared to emoji poop
The 'Home of the Whopper' to keep headquarters in U.S.
Canadian media must broadcast official emergency notifications
France receives upgraded aerial tanker
Kurds raise oil funds for refugees
Trending News