Northrop Grumman to upgrade Egypt’s E-2 Hawkeye aircraft

August 13th, 2008 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Aug 13 (IANS) US aerospace major Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to upgrade an E-2C airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEWACS) of the Egyptian Air Force. The US Navy has awarded the contract under the Egypt E-2C Foreign Military Sales Programme, a Northrop Grumman statement said.

Under the $38 million contract, the aircraft will be refurbished and upgraded to the Hawkeye 2000 (HE2K) configuration.

The contract includes upgrades to the radar, mission computer, tactical mission system displays and navigation system. The aircraft modification work will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s St. Augustine Manufacturing Center facility in Florida while the engineering work will be conducted in Bethpage, New York.

“The Egyptian Air Force has been a key customer of Northrop Grumman’s for more than 20 years,” said Jim Culmo, vice president of Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control Programs for Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems sector.

“We value the Egyptian Air Force’s trust in our ability to continue to provide an airborne early warning platform that will enhance their fleet interoperability,” Culmo added.

International customers, including Japan, Taiwan, Egypt, Singapore and France fly almost one-third of the Hawkeyes currently in operation worldwide.

“With its commercial-off-the-shelf based architecture and network-centric connectivity, the Hawkeye 2000 is an extremely capable multi-mission platform, providing simultaneous air and surface surveillance, strike and intercept control, search and rescue support, and drug interdiction,” the statement said.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defence and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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