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Northrop Grumman receives E-2D contract

By Stephen Carlson

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.

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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.

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