Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Approved for Full-Rate Production

  Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Approved for Full-Rate Production

Program rated operationally suitable and effective following successful test
and evaluation

PR Newswire

BETHPAGE, N.Y., Feb. 11, 2013

BETHPAGE, N.Y., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye,
designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has
been approved to enter full-rate production by the Office of the Secretary of
Defense (OSD). This decision follows a report where the E-2D was declared
operationally suitable and effective, following a successful 10-month initial
operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) conducted by the U.S. Navy.

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"With the Navy's E-2D program of record at 75 aircraft, this decision by OSD
enables the production of the remaining 55 aircraft over the next 10 years and
provides the opportunity for a cost-effective, multiyear procurement," said
Bart LaGrone, vice president, E-2/C-2 programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace
Systems. "The entire Northrop Grumman-led E-2D industry team remains focused
on providing the most capable and cost-effective airborne early warning and
command and control solution to our customer."

"Our Navy and Northrop Grumman team continues to deliver on our promises,"
said Capt. John S. Lemmon, E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program
Office (PMA-231) program manager. "I'm confident we will meet our ultimate
goal to provide a capable and ready fleet with E-2Ds as we prepare for the
first deployment in 2015."

Conducted by the U.S. Navy's Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One, IOT&E is a
rigorous phase of testing that every new system undergoes to determine that it
is operationally effective and suitable for fleet introduction. A successful
IOT&E is a key factor leading to a successful full-rate production decision
and is a necessary step leading to a multiyear procurement.

LaGrone continued, "An operationally suitable and effective rating confirms
that the E-2D is a mature airborne early warning and battle management,
command and control system, capable of providing critical force protection for
carrier strike groups and coalition forces."

To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered nine E-2Ds to the U.S. Navy on or
ahead of schedule, with another 11 aircraft in various stages of manufacturing
and pre-delivery flight testing. Initial operational capability with the U.S.
Navy remains on track for 2015.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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