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Northrop Awarded $3.6B to Build 25 Navy Hawkeye Aircraft

northrop Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a $3.6 billion multiyear contract to build a new batch of Hawkeye aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

Northrop will work to build 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes and incorporate a rotating rotodome and four vertical stabilizer tail configuration into the aircraft for surveillance operations, Northrop said Monday.

Navy Capt. John Lemmon, program manager of E-2/C-2 airborne tactical data system program office, said the E-2D Hawkeye program is scheduled to attain initial operational capability later in 2014 for the Navy’s carrier strike group.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye features the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built AN/APY-9 radar system for warfighters to view remote targets, new avionics and a glass cockpit.

Hawkeye planes contain Lockheed’s naval electronics and surveillance systems, Northrop’s electronic systems, Raytheon‘s (NYSE: RTN) space and airborne systems, Rolls-Royce‘s engines,  BAE Systems‘ friend or foe system and L-3 Communications‘ (NYSE: LLL) Randtron antenna systems.

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