US Navy procures two additional E-2Ds

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to supply and support an additional two E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes for the US Navy.

The deal – worth US$404m – is a contract modification to a previously awarded, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract, which was issued in April last year. It will see Northrop Grumman produce and provide support a further two E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the US Navy.

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye [US Navy/PO2C Victoria Kinney] #1
An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, belonging to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) 'Pioneers', sits outside a hangar bay at Naval Air Station (NAS) Point Mugu, California, in July last year. US Navy/PO2C Victoria Kinney

In the contract announcement, issued by the US Department of Defense on April 1, it states “[the] modification exercises contract options for non-recurring engineering and software support activities as well as product support for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.” 

Work on the two new aircraft is expected to be completed by 2025, with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) leading the contracting activity. The platform is currently in full-rate production (FRP) and these additional examples will be produced in the eighth and nineth production lots, with the majority of the work taking place in St Augustine, Florida; Liverpool, New York; and, Melbourne, Florida.