Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Systems $49.9 million for parts and other services for production of two Lot 7 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar aircraft.
Work on the planes is expected to be completed in December 2023, and has been funded with 2019 Navy procurement funds, the Department of Defense said on Monday.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the current variant of the land and carrier-based radar and command-and-control plane. It is designed to provide radar sensor coverage and coordinate other planes at long range.
It has 360-degree long-range radar that is effective over open seas, shorelines and land operations. It is designed to detect, track, and identify air and surface targets, provide Friend or Foe identification, and has electronic warfare and surveillance systems.
It is capable of coordinating multiple-strike, air support, reconnaissance and other missions while transmitting data back to the carrier battle group using networked data-links.
The Hawkeye has been in use with upgrades since 1964 and supplements the larger E-3 AWACS plane used by the U.S. Air Force and allies for long-range aerial radar capabilities.