May 24 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems has been awarded a $7.6 million contract to support the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
The contract includes testing and integration services for the Embedded National Tactical Receiver and the E-2D Universal Serial Bus ENTR. The update includes the Tactical Receiving Software upgrade.
The work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla., and Patuxent River, Md. It is expected to be completed by September 2018. Fiscal 2015 Navy aircraft procurement funds of $7.6 million have been allocated for the program, all of which expires at the end of the fiscal year.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a radar, communications, and command-and-control aircraft launched from aircraft carriers. It has a new digital cockpit compared to earlier E-2 versions, has a completely digital data uplink and 360-degree radar.
It can detect enemy aircraft and missiles from hundreds of miles away, and can help direct friendly aircraft and missile strikes using radar data collected.