2007-08-12 - E-2D ErstflugE-2D makes maiden flight
Erstflug für neues Frühwarnflugzeug der US Navy<br /> The first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye development aircraft, known as Delta One, built for the U.S. Navy by prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation, completed its first flight on August 3. Northrop Grumman Flight Test Pilot Tom Boutin and U.S. Navy Flight Test Pilot Lt. Drew Ballinger along with Northrop Grumman Flight Test Lead Weapon Systems Operator Zyad Hajo lifted off shortly before 11 a.m. and flew for approximately 1.3 hours.
While the external appearance of the E-2D is similar to the E-2C, the systems are completely redesigned and the capabilities are vastly expanded. At the heart of the aircraft is the new radar, the APY-9, which can "see" smaller targets and more of them at a greater range. The new rotodome contains an electronically scanned array that provides critically important, continuous, 360-degree scanning. This capability allows flight operators to focus the radar on select areas of interest.
Inside the aircraft, Advanced Hawkeye operators will have new radar system workstations, integrated satellite communications capabilities and other cutting-edge tools to better manage the battlespace. An additional new feature of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the state-of-the-art glass cockpit that replaces prior-generation displays and avionics systems. In addition, an advancement introduced in this version allows for one of the two pilots to serve as an additional operator when necessary.