The E-2 is a high-wing, twin turboprop aircraft with retractable tricycle landing gear and equipped with a tail hook for landings on aircraft carriers. A rotodome is mounted on top of the fuselage to provide Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C).
The E-2D is the latest and most advanced version of the E-2 Hawkeye designed by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The E2-D features:
- A new APY-9 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar with both mechanical and electronic scanning capabilities
- A fully Integrated Glass Tactical Cockpit
- An Advanced Identification Friend or Foe System
- A new Mission Computer and Tactical Workstations
- Electronic Support Measures enhancements
- A modernized Communications and Data Link Suite
- Improved T56-A-427A turboprop engines
Northrop Grumman has already delivered 9 E-2D aircraft to the US Navy and another 11 units are currently in various stages of manufacturing and pre-delivery flight-testing.
A further 55 E-2D aircraft are expected to be delivered over the next 10 years for a total of 75 aircraft. The US Navy expects to declare initial operational capability with the E-2D in 2015.
Crew: 5, including pilot, copilot, Radar Officer (RO), Combat Information Center Officer (CICO), Aircraft Control Officer (ACO)
Length: 17.60 m
Wingspan: 24.56 m
Height: 5.58 m
Empty weight: 18090 kg
Loaded weight: 19536 kg
Max. takeoff weight: 26083 kg
Maximum speed: 648 km/h
Cruise speed: 474 km/h
Ferry range: 2708 km
Endurance: 6 hrs
Service ceiling: 10576 m
Powerplant: 2 Allison / Rolls-Royce T56-A-427A turboprops, 5,100 shp each