General Info

Grumman Aerospace Grumman E-2D Hawkeye 

Role Airborne early warning and control
National origin United States
Manufacturer Grumman Northrop Grumman
First flight 21 October 1960
Introduction January 1964
Status In service
Primary users United States Navy See § Operators
Produced 1960–present
Number built 313 (total); 88 (E-2D)
Developed into Grumman C-2 Greyhound

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Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
 "Super Fudd"

The Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is an American all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft. This twin-turboprop aircraft was designed and developed during the late 1950s and early 1960s by the Grumman Aircraft Company for the United States Navy as a replacement for the earlier, piston-engined E-1 Tracer, which was rapidly becoming obsolete. The aircraft's performance has been upgraded with the E-2B and E-2C versions, where most of the changes were made to the radar and radio communications due to advances in electronic integrated circuits and other electronics.

Continual improvements in airborne radars through 1956 led to the construction of AEW airplanes by several different countries and several different armed forces. The functions of command and control and sea and air surveillance were also added. The first carrier-based aircraft to perform these missions for the U.S. Navy and its allies was the Douglas AD Skyraider, which was replaced in US Navy service by the Grumman E-1 Tracer, which was a modified version of the S-2 Tracker twin-engine anti-submarine warfare aircraft, where the radar was carried in an aerofoil-shaped radome carried above the aircraft's fuselageOnce considered for replacement by the "Common Support Aircraft", this concept was abandoned. The latest E-2 version is the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, which features an entirely new avionics suite including the new AN/APY-9 radar, radio suite, mission computer, integrated satellite communications, flight management system, improved T56-A-427A engines, a glass cockpit and aerial refueling.] The APY-9 radar features an active electronically scanned array (AESA), which adds electronic scanning to the mechanical rotation of the radar in its radome. The E-2D includes provisions for the copilot to act as a "Tactical 4th Operator" (T4O), who can reconfigure his main cockpit display to show radar, IFF, Link 16 (JTIDS)/CEC and access all acquired data. 

The E-2 also received the nickname "Super Fudd" because it replaced the WF (later E-1) "Willy Fudd". In recent decades, the E-2 has been commonly referred to as the "Hummer" because of the distinctive sounds of its turboprop engines, quite unlike that of turbojet and turbofan jet engines. Wiki Link









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General characteristics

  • Crew: 5: pilot, copilot, radar officer (RO), combat information center officer (CICO), aircraft control officer (ACO)
  • Length: 57 ft 8+3⁄4 in (17.596 m)
  • Wingspan: 80 ft 7 in (24.56 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 3+3⁄4 in (5.582 m) : Radome could retract by 2 feet (0.6 m) to fit into the 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m) clear height hangar of Essex and Midway class carriers. Retraction function no longer used.
  • Wing area: 700 sq ft (65 m2)


  • Empty weight:  (18,234 kg)
  • Gross weight:  (19,535 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 57,500 lb (26,082 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Allison/Rolls-Royce T56-A-427 (E-2C), T56-A-427A (E-2D) turboprop, 5,100 shp (3,800 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 350 kn (400 mph, 650 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: ( 474 km/h)
  • Ferry range: 1,462 nmi (1,682 mi, 
  • Endurance: 6 hours (8 hours land-based)
  • Service ceiling:  (10,600 m)
  • Wing loading:  (355 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.19 hp/lb (0.31 kW/kg)


    • AN/APS-145 Radar
    • OL-483/AP IFF interrogator system
    • APX-100 IFF Transponder
    • OL-698/ASQ Tactical Computer Group
    • AN/ARC-182 UHF/VHF radio
    • AN/ARC-158 UHF radio
    • AN/ARQ-34 HF radio
    • AN/USC-42 Mini-DAMA SATCOM system
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The Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, later Grumman Aerospace Corporation, was a 20th century American producer of military and civilian aircraft. Founded on December 6, 1929, by Leroy Grumman and his business partners, it merged in 1994 with Northrop Corporation to form Northrop Grumman.

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E-2 Hawkeye

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a game changer in how the Navy conducts battle management command and control.


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With a two-generation leap in radar sensor capability and a robust network enabled capability, the Advanced Hawkeye delivers critica.

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