E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

E-2D

E-2D Hawkeye Integrated Training System – Aircrew (HITS-A) Program – Operational Flight Trainers and Aircrew Procedure Trainers

Customer: Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)

End User: U.S. Navy

Under the comprehensive E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Integrated Training System for Aircrew (HITS-A) Program, ASI, as a subcontractor to Rockwell Collins, is supporting the development of a state-of-the-art, fully integrated training system for E-2D aircrew, including Pilots and Naval Flight Officers. Awarded in August 2008 by NAWCTSD in Orlando, FL under the TSC-II Lot 1 contract vehicle, the E-2D HITS-A Program includes the delivery of an Instructional Training System and Training Devices, including Flight and Tactics Trainers and related logistics support.

ASI’s role on the program includes developing and delivering state-of-the art E-2D Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) and Aircrew Procedures Trainers (APTs), Devices 2F210 and 2F211 respectively.  The subcontract award establishes ASI as the recognized leader in E-2 and C-2A Flight Training Systems. ASI’s excellent past performance supporting the E-2/C-2A flight training communities and proposed best value solution for the E-2D HITS-A requirement provided the strong foundation for this award.

The effort includes the development and integration of all systems required for complex high fidelity flight training systems, including full fidelity cockpits, communications and aural cueing systems, control loading and vibration systems, Instructor Operator Stations, visual systems, and Brief/Debrief systems. Deliveries of ASI’s first systems are planned for 2011 to support Operational Evaluation of the E-2D aircraft. Remaining training systems will be delivered to support the Navy’s Initial Operational Capability milestone in 2013 with trainer installations planned for NAVSTA Norfolk, VA and NBVC Pt. Mugu, CA.

Delivery Status and Customer Satisfaction
The first OFT has been delivered to NAVSTA Norfolk along with the first two APTs.  The third APT is being delivered to Sterling VA for integration to the Tactics Trainer.

About the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, developed by Northrop Grumman, will feature a state-of-the art 360-degree ESA radar, which will provide a two generation leap in radar sensor capability, as well as upgraded aircraft systems and avionics, improving supportability and readiness.

New features of the Advanced Hawkeye include:
•    A completely new radar featuring both mechanical and electronic scanning capabilities,
•    Fully Integrated “All Glass” Tactical Cockpit,
•    Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System,
•    New Mission Computer and Tactical Workstations,
•    Electronic Support Measures Enhancements, and
•    Modernized Communications and Data Link Suite.

Using these features and capabilities, the E-2D will provide area surveillance, communications relay, search and rescue coordination and air traffic control, and will provide advance warning of approaching enemy surface units, smaller targets and aircraft vectoring interceptors, and strike aircraft in an attack.

These and other new developments incorporated into the E-2D aircraft ensure:
•    True 360-degree radar coverage provides uncompromised all-weather tracking and situational awareness, and
•    Multi-mission flexibility ranging from command and control through missile defense to border security.