US Navy received Northrop’s E-2D aircraft with DSSC updates

WASHINGTON – Northrop Grumman announced in a press release that the latest E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control tactical aircraft for the MYP 1 order had landed from their production line.

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The aircraft is intended for the US Navy. This E-2D is equipped with Delta System / Software Configuration [DSSC] Build 3. This software configuration gives the aircraft improved operational capability as well as better refueling technology.

The US Navy still has orders for this type of aircraft, but they are under the MYP 2 contract, which means that this year their production will begin, and next year will begin deliveries of aircraft. According to Northrup Gruman, they will be equipped with much more modern software and engineering technologies to respond to changing and evolving threats.

What is DSSC?

DSSC has several versions. DSSC 3, which is integrated into the latest E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, has an automatic identification system, a built-in national tactical receiver, updates to the fire control system, and a better version of the air refueling system.

US Navy received Northrop's E-2D aircraft with DSSC updates
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DSSC 4 is the sweetest software solution in this category. As the name suggests, in addition to this version having everything included in DSSC 3, version 4 has a multifunctional system for tactical radio transmission of information, network technologies for tactical targeting, secret chat router for Internet protocol, sensors for anti-electronic warfare, etc.

DSSC 5 is being developed and is expected to have a sensor network that will help store and merge data from all five military domains received during the mission. Version 5 is expected to have a better system for countering electronic warfare.

Development and testing of the latest known version – the 6th. DSSC 6 is expected to appear in the 2026 budget. In addition to improving all the functionality of the latest versions, DSSC 6 must have a much better and more powerful combat identification system than existing known systems, as well as the next generation of anti-EW systems.

More on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

This aircraft is important to the US military because it plays a key role in reconnaissance or actual combat operations. Its main function is to analyze the intelligence gathered, or that of combat operations, to analyze them, and to develop real-time strategies for orienting US troops by air, sea, and land.

US Navy received Northrop's E-2D aircraft with DSSC updates
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E-2D informs about the combat space, provides battle management, provides control and management of air and missile defense.

The aircraft is equipped with modern radar, integrated tactical cockpit, various identification systems, tactical and missionary computer interface, a package of communication links, and data transmission.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye can provide full 360-degree coverage, regardless of weather conditions. Its software is an open architecture that allows future improvements or innovations to be made flexibly, quickly, and easily, without spending significant resources.


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