The following blog post was written by LT Justin Wiesen and LT John Sokol.
We are excited to announce the rollout of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. While this new aircraft looks similar to the older version from the outside, it contains many innovative technological design changes that set it apart. These advancements improve the aircraft’s ability to scan a larger area, detect smaller targets, process data about those targets faster, and link all of that information into systems that provide improved situational awareness during the multiple different mission types it can be called to support. We are very proud to be at the forefront of naval aviation and flying one of the most technologically advanced aircraft on the flight deck. The innovation and improved capability in detecting and tracking targets and the ability to share this information thru our linked systems set a new standard for command and control aircraft.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye supports the same types of mission as its predecessor, but the improvement in capabilities provided is a game changer for an evolving and technologically advanced battlespace. Although the quintessential mission of the Hawkeye, Airborne Early Warning, will not change, the Advanced Hawkeye’s long range sensors are network enabled, serving a critical role in the missile defense network, while detecting and tracking various targets and transmitting this information across an integrated air defense network. The E-2D has improved detection and tracking of all sea surface contacts promoting seamless information flow among aircraft, ships, soldiers, civilians and command authorities getting that information to the assets that needs it faster than ever before. With a radar and IFF system that can detect targets in excess of 300 nautical miles, operational warfare commanders are able to maintain an accurate picture of what is happening, across a large area. Upgraded radios provide the clear and reliable communications necessary to successfully integrate these warfare commanders into the battlespace.
The Advanced Hawkeye is a critical part of search and rescue operations, coordinating the movement of rescuers and guiding them as they link up with survivors, as well as coordinating and overseeing small boat search and seizure operations. The same capabilities that allow the Advanced Hawkeye to support the military mission will allow it to assist civil authorities with surveillance, command, control and communication support when needed, like the E-2C aircraft that supported the Haiti relief effort not too long ago.
For detailed specs, visit the E-2D on the Naval Air Systems Command website.