France buys three new Northrop’s E-2D AEW aircraft for aircraft carrier

PARIS, ($1=0.88 Euros) – The French Navy has ordered three new E-2D early warning aircraft from Northrop Grumman for $353.584 million, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing FlugRevue.

France buys three new Northrop's E-2D AEW aircraft for aircraft carrier
Photo credit: Flug Revuew

The purchase of the latest Hawkeye version aircraft is intended to replace the existing E-2C on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Deliveries are expected to be completed in April 2027.

Potez in Aire-sure-l’Adour, France [2.16 percent] is also involved in the production. The E-2D will be built at the Northrop-Grumman plant in St. Augustine, Florida [27.52 percent of the order value]. In addition to the aircraft, the contract also includes the delivery of numerous spare parts, including four engines, a measurement system for the EloKa equipment, two L-16 data communication packages, four integrated GPS/INS systems [EGI], and an IFF.

Northrop’s E-2D is a game changer

The E-2D offers significantly better performance than the C version, which was introduced in France in 2003. The new AN/APY-9 radar with an active antenna is coupled with an expanded information processing capacity. The avionics have been extensively modernized, including touchscreens and more powerful onboard computers. In addition, there are improved satellite and radio data connections.

The E-2D also includes some new features, as fully Integrated “all-glass” tactical cockpit, advanced identification friend or foe system, new mission computer and tactical workstations, electronic support measures enhancements, and modernized communications and data link suite.

According to Northrop Grumman, the 360-degree radar coverage provides uncompromised all-weather tracking and situational awareness. The open architecture enables rapid updates of the aircraft.

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