Lockheed Martin has received a $413.5 million contract to begin the System Development and Demonstration (SD&D) phase of the Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) program for the US Navy’s E-2C Hawkeye aircraft.
Lockheed Martin leads the AHE industry team responsible for design and development of the Hawkeye’s next-generation radar, which will replace the current AN/APS-145 airborne radar by 2010.
As the radar prime contractor, Lockheed Martin received advanced funding from Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems in March 2002 to begin the pre-SD&D phase.
The E-2C Airborne Early Warning (AEW) radar program team at Lockheed Martin’s Syracuse, New York facilities then began to develop system requirements for the Advanced Hawkeye Radar, which is planned to meet the US Navy’s Littoral Surveillance and Theatre Air and Missile Defense (TAMD) missions. Lockheed Martin’s team for the radar SD&D phase includes Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems and Raytheon Electronic Systems.
Lockheed Martin currently makes an average of five AN/APS-145 radar systems a year in Syracuse and has the capability to build up to 10 systems a year. The new AHE radar will be built to fit into a space approximately the same as that for the AN/APS-145, despite the new system’s added capability and complexity.
Dick Evans, Lockheed Martin’s director of airborne radar programs said that during the SD&D phase the company would produce five radar systems that will be used by the Navy for qualification, reliability and flight-testing. This will be followed by a full-scale production program to equip the 75 aircraft in the E-2C fleet by 2020.