An E-2 Hawkeye in flight.

The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is a carrier-based American AWACS aircraft, that is powered by two turboprop engines and is all-weather capable.

History[edit | edit source]

Development of the E-2 started in the late 1950s, with the aim of creating a replacement for the aging E-1 Tracer of the United States Navy. The prototype was first flown on 21st October 1960 and the aircraft was first introduced in January 1964, entering service with VAW-11 of the US Pacific fleet. This unit undertook the types first combat cruise in late 1965.[1]

The capabilities of the E-2A were improved with the introduction of the E-2B in 1969, which was equipped with a Litton L-304 digital mission computer. This was followed by the E-2C, dubbed Hawkeye II due to the extensive improvements over earlier versions, and which entered service with VAW-123 in November 1973.[1] The latest Hawkeye variant is the E-2D, which made its first flight in the year 2007.

Exports[edit | edit source]

Egypt

France

Israel

Japan

Mexico

Singapore

Taiwan

A Hawkeye.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 World Aircraft Information Files Aviation Partwork. Midsummer Books Ltd. File 126 Sheet 1 (World Military Aircraft:Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye - Eyes of the Fleet)
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