Northrop Says Program On-Track For Next Milestone
Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye System recently
completed its Operational Assessment (OA), flying out of the
Northrop Grumman East Coast Manufacturing and Flight Test Center in
St. Augustine, FL. With completion of OA, the flight test program
has accumulated more than 600 flight hours, over half involving
in-flight radar testing.
"This is another significant milestone for the E-2D program,"
said Tom Vice, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Eastern Region
sector vice president. "This achievement demonstrates the
commitment of the Northrop Grumman team to working together with
the US Navy to deliver this state-of-the-art weapons system to the
Utilizing two test aircraft equipped with fully functioning
mission systems, OA was conducted by a US Navy test squadron to
assess the potential effectiveness of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in
a mission environment. Successful completion of OA is one of the
critical steps the program must go through prior to a US Navy
decision on low-rate initial production.
"Since entering flight test in August 2007, the joint Northrop
Grumman and US Navy Advanced Hawkeye team have been working hard,
focusing on preparing for OA," said Jim Culmo, vice president of
Airborne Early Warning and Battle Management Command and Control
Programs for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector. "We are
very pleased that during OA, all test objectives were executed, and
we experienced no major system failures. The fact that we had an
aircraft availability rate of over 92 percent is a testament to the
outstanding teamwork of Northrop Grumman employees, our suppliers
and US Navy personnel.
"I am extremely proud of the fact that we set a date for
Operational Assessment over five years ago and have completed yet
another major milestone, on schedule, in accordance with our
commitment to our customer," Culmo added. "With Operational
Assessment now complete, and a 'green' rating on Production
Readiness, we are definitely on track for a successful Milestone C
According to DoD criteria, Milestone C authorizes production of
prototypes expected to meet operational specifications, and allows
the manufacturer to conduct testing to verify performance
The official written report on the OA is anticipated to be
released by the Navy in late December.