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Grumman E2-C Hawkeye

posted by Jiri Wagner

The E-2C Hawkeye is the Navy's all-weather, carrier-based tactical warning and control system aircraft. The Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning and command and control functions for the carrier battle group. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, strike and interceptor control, search and rescue guidance and communications relay.

An integral component of the carrier air wing, the E-2C uses computerized sensors to provide early warning, threat analyses and control of counteraction against air and surface targets. Carrier-based E-2C Hawkeyes directed F-14 Tomcat fighters flying combat air patrol during the two-carrier battle group joint strike against terrorist-related Libyan targets in 1986. E-2Cs and AEGIS cruisers, working together, provided total air mass superiority over the American fleet. More recently, E-2Cs provided the command and control for successful operations during the Persian Gulf War, directing both land attack and combat air patrol missions over Iraq and providing control for the shoot-down of two Iraqi MiG-21 aircraft by carrier-based F/A-18s in the early days of the war. E-2 aircraft also have worked extremely effectively with U.S. law enforcement agencies in drug interdictions.

E-2C aircraft entered U.S. Navy service with Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 at NAS Norfolk, Va., in November 1973.

General characteristics

Primary function Airborne early warning, command and control
Contractor Grumman Aerospace Corp.
Power plant Two Allison T-56-A427 turboprop engines
Thrust 2x 2230 HP 2x 1663 kW
Length 57 ft 6 in 17,54 m
Wingspan 80 ft 7 in 24,56 m
Height 18 ft 3 in 5,58 m
Wingarea 700 sq ft 65,03 sq m
Weight empty 38 063 lb 17 265 kg
max. takeoff 51 932 lb 23 556 kg
Speed max. 374 mph 602 km/h
cruising 310 mph 499 km/h
Ceiling 30 800 ft 9 390 m
Range 850 miles 1370 km
Endurance 6 hours on ring 2583 km
Crew Five
Armament none
Unit cost $51 million
Operational January 1964


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