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E-2 Hawkeye

The E-2 Hawkeye is the Navy's all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning, command and control aircraft. Its missions also include surface surveillance coordination, air interdiction, offensive and defensive counter air control, close air support coordination, time critical strike coordination, search and rescue airborne coordination and communications relay. An integral component of the Carrier Strike Group air wing, the E-2C uses computerized radar, Identification Friend or Foe and electronic surveillance sensors to provide early warning, threat analysis against potentially hostile air and surface targets.


Primary contractor: Northrop Grumman


1 Aircraft Control Officer
1 Pilot
1 Co-Pilot
1 Radar Officer
1 Combat Information Center Officer


Length: 17.53 meters 57.5 feet
Wingspan: 24.56 meters 80.58 feet
Height: 5.56 meters 18.25 feet
Basic weight: ~18 230 kilograms 40 200 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: ~24 040 kilograms 53 000 pounds
Power plant: two Allison T-56-A427 turboprop engines
Performance: 5 100 shaft horsepower (each engine)
Cruise speed: 300+ knots (550+ kilometers per hour) (345+ miles per hour)
Ceiling: 9 144 meters 30 000 feet

E-2C Hawkeye

E-2C Hawkeye Copyright © Command Master Chief Spike Call, U.S. Navy


In active service

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) uses the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 configuration as a baseline, it features a state of the art radar with a two generation leap in capability and upgraded aircraft systems that improves supportability and increases readiness. Key AHE program objectives include improved battle space target detection and situational awareness, support of Theater Air and Missile Defense (TAMD) operations, and improved Operational Availability. The Advanced Hawkeye provides advance warning of approaching enemy surface units, cruise missiles and aircraft, to vector interceptors or strike aircraft to attack, and it also provides area surveillance, intercept, communications relay, search and rescue and strike and air traffic control.