E-2D Hawkeye radars to be produced by Lockheed Martin

BETHESDA, Md. Lockheed Martin has been contracted to produce APY-9 radars for the U.S. Navy's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning surveillance aircraft.

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Will Hardy courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

The company is due to provide Northrop Grumman, manufacturer of the E-2D, 24 additional APY-9 radars for the aircraft over the next five years under a $600 million deal. The deal follows a contract award for 24 more E-2D aircraft for the Navy.

According to Lockheed Martin officials, the ultra high frequency surveillance radar is designed specifically for the E-2D to see smaller targets at greater range in both coastal and land regions. The radar systems also will include the new Advanced Radar Processor.

The Navy in April awarded a $3.2 billion contract to Northrop Grumman that runs through 2026 for production of 24 Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The E-2D has been in use since the 1960s, and the first Advanced Hawkeye took flight in 2007.