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.
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.