Advanced Hawkeye Radar Passes Critical Design Review
Lockheed Martin recently completed a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) for the radar carried in the E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning and battle management aircraft’s next generation. In August 2003, Lockheed received a $413.5 million contract to begin the critical radar component’s System Development and Demonstration (SD&D) phase. During the SD&D phase the company will produce two Engineering Development Models and four pre-production radar systems that will be used by Northrop Grumman for qualification, reliability and flight testing. Lockheed’s partners for this phase include Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems and Raytheon Electronic Systems.
A full-scale production program will follow to equip the 75 Advanced Hawkeye aircraft that the Navy plans to procure by 2020. The radar will be housed in the same circular dome enclosure used for the AN/APS-145 airborne radar in the current Hawkeye 2000 series, but will feature additional range and enhancements that will help it track threats to allied forces operating amidst near-shore clutter. DefenseTalk.com: Successful Critical Design Review for Advanced Hawkeye Radar Development.