Northrop Grumman to modernize cockpit and mission solutions for US Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to evolve the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye cockpit and computing architecture with Delta System Software Configuration 6 (DSSC 6) through 2028.

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Northrop Grumman to modernize cockpit and mission solutions for US Navy E 2D Advanced Hawkeye The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with DSSC 6 includes modernization of the cockpit and critical mission systems (Picture source: Northrop Grumman)

* DSSC 6 modernization includes Hawkeye Cockpit Technology Refresh and Theater Combat ID.
* Once fielded, the new open mission systems architecture of DSSC 6 will enable rapid integration of new capabilities, including non-proprietary applications from industry partners.
* The entire U.S. Navy fleet will be retrofitted with updated cockpit, navigation technologies and mission systems, beginning in 2029 and throughout the 2030s.

Janice Zilch, vice president, of multi-domain command and control programs at Northrop Grumman, says: “Northrop Grumman has a long partnership with the U.S. Navy on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program to ensure with this fleet modernization that we continue to outpace evolving threats into the 2040s and beyond, with this proven airborne battle management command and control aircraft.”

Details on the program

Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the latest in a line of Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft that stretches back over 60 years. The E-2 platform is the foundation for the world’s premier airborne battle management command and control systems, effective over land and sea. Northrop Grumman has evolved the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye into a cutting-edge platform, capable of facing threats anywhere in the world.

E-2 variants are operated by Air Forces and Navies around the world. With an active production line and a 100% on-time delivery history, the E-2D continues to introduce new technology to outpace ever-evolving threats.

The E-2D seamlessly analyzes, fuses and distributes multi-domain information into a command-and-control system of systems, supporting all domains and levels of war. As the offensive and defensive coordinator of the Carrier Strike Group, the E-2D provides dominant and continuous interoperable command and control as well as surveillance for the protection of the fleet.

The E-2 platform also provides search and rescue guidance, navigational assistance and communications relay. Operations include Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Tomodachi and Joint Task Force Katrina.