WASHINGTON, July 24 Northrop Grumman Corp
on Wednesday won a contract valued at $617 million to
build five more E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-based aircraft to
provide surveillance and early warning for the U.S. Navy.
The contract, which runs through June 2016, marks the
finalization of an earlier, preliminary contract awarded to the
company that allowed it begin early parts procurement.
The E-2D is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that takes off
and lands on aircraft carriers. It has a large 360-degree radar
antenna mounted to the top of the aircraft that lets it detect
enemy aircraft and missiles from far away and then dispatch Navy
aircraft to intercept them.