Refueler1974
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E-2C Hawkeye

Sat May 15, 2004 1:02 am

OK...break it to me gently....how long can we expect the US Navy to keep the venerable Grumman E-2 Hawkeye to provide AEW/ AWACS for their operations? Any ideas or theories on a replacement?


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RE: E-2C Hawkeye

Sat May 15, 2004 1:21 am

Northrop Grumman is still building the air frames (I believe they are out of the bomber and fighter business after getting screwed royally by congress on the B-2 program) for the E-2, I don't see any reason that they would do anything else other than buy the new airframes.
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RE: E-2C Hawkeye

Sat May 15, 2004 1:33 am

Thanks! I didn't know if they were still building them or trying to develop a newer version / replacement aircraft.
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RE: E-2C Hawkeye

Sat May 15, 2004 1:49 am

Well, if they do decide to replace it, they will probably just strap a 30' radome on top of an F-18... seeing as how that's the Navy's answer to every carrier airborne need nowadays.

But seriously, I love the E-2 and hope to keep seeing them for many many years. On a side note, when I fly to St.Augustine SJG for dinner, I occassionally get to taxi behind one or its cousin, the C-2. Grumman has a refurb plant or factory of some kind there.

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RE: E-2C Hawkeye

Sat May 15, 2004 5:29 am

For awhile, the new Hawkeye 2000 program is not even halfway finished.
And new airframe improvements are coming also (props, flight deck), along with those system improvements.

FYI- The E-3 RSIP program is almost done, with 40/45 coming around 2010. The E-3 will be around until 2025, with the E-2 till at least 2020-25.

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RE: E-2C Hawkeye

Sat May 15, 2004 5:54 am

AWAC..

I was recently in Israel @ Bedek and saw the Hawkeyes being done for the Mexican Navy. Are these Hawkeye 2000?.


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RE: E-2C Hawkeye

Sat May 15, 2004 7:48 am

No, the E-2C's for Mexico are not of the Hawkeys 2000 model.
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RE: E-2C Hawkeye

Sat May 15, 2004 8:01 am

Here's a picture of the E-2C witht eh new NP2000 eight-bladed propeller undergoing carrier trials last year.




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