posted by Jiri Wagner
The E-2C Hawkeye is the Navy's all-weather, carrier-based tactical warning and control system aircraft. The Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning and command and control functions for the carrier battle group. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, strike and interceptor control, search and rescue guidance and communications relay.
An integral component of the carrier air wing, the E-2C uses computerized sensors to provide early warning, threat analyses and control of counteraction against air and surface targets. Carrier-based E-2C Hawkeyes directed F-14 Tomcat fighters flying combat air patrol during the two-carrier battle group joint strike against terrorist-related Libyan targets in 1986. E-2Cs and AEGIS cruisers, working together, provided total air mass superiority over the American fleet. More recently, E-2Cs provided the command and control for successful operations during the Persian Gulf War, directing both land attack and combat air patrol missions over Iraq and providing control for the shoot-down of two Iraqi MiG-21 aircraft by carrier-based F/A-18s in the early days of the war. E-2 aircraft also have worked extremely effectively with U.S. law enforcement agencies in drug interdictions.
E-2C aircraft entered U.S. Navy service with Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123 at NAS Norfolk, Va., in November 1973.
|Primary function||Airborne early warning, command and control|
|Contractor||Grumman Aerospace Corp.|
|Power plant||Two Allison T-56-A427 turboprop engines|
|Thrust||2x 2230 HP||2x 1663 kW|
|Length||57 ft 6 in||17,54 m|
|Wingspan||80 ft 7 in||24,56 m|
|Height||18 ft 3 in||5,58 m|
|Wingarea||700 sq ft||65,03 sq m|
|Weight||empty||38 063 lb||17 265 kg|
|max. takeoff||51 932 lb||23 556 kg|
|Speed||max.||374 mph||602 km/h|
|cruising||310 mph||499 km/h|
|Ceiling||30 800 ft||9 390 m|
|Range||850 miles||1370 km|
|Endurance||6 hours on ring||2583 km|
|Unit cost||$51 million|