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Northrop Grumman awarded $3.2B for 24 Hawkeye early warning aircraft for Navy

April 11, 2019 / Allen Cone

Northrop Grumman said it plans to deliver a series of capability upgrades. The third upgrade is slated for release this fall, including an aerial refueling capability to significantly extend the aircraft's endurance. "This aircraft continues to demonstrate its strategic value to our warfighters with early warning, command and control," Northrop Grumman's Jane Bishop, vice president and integrated product team leader, manned airborne surveillance programs, said in a statement Thursday. "With this contract, we'll continue production of these highly specialized aircraft while delivering innovative solutions that outpace advancing threats over the life of the fleet." With its radar technology, E-2D works with ship-, air- and land-based combat systems to track and defeat air, ship and cruise missiles at extended range. The aircraft also can also be used in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacity for civilian emergency coordination.