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Origin: United States of America
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Description: The E-2C Hawkeye is the US Navy carrier-based tactical warning and control aircraft providing early warning and command and control functions to the carrier strike group. Additionally the E-2C carries out surface surveillance, strike and interception control, search and rescue guidance, and communications relay. The key element of the carrier-based E-2C aircraft is its radar, the AN/APS-145, housed in a 24-foot rotating dome above the fuselage. The command and control equipment also plays a vital role. The aircraft combat debut occurred during the military campaign of Vietnam. The improved E-2C, current model, saw combat for the first time in the mid 1980s during strikes against terrorist bases in Libya.
The first model E-2 was deployed in 1964 replacing the E-1 early warning aircraft aboard the US Navy aircraft carriers. The E-2C, introduced in 1973, working together with AEGIS-equipped warships provide total air mass superiority over the American fleet. In addition to the US Navy, variants of the E-2C Hawkeye are also flown by the Egyptian Air Force, Japan Self Defense Air Force, Royal Singapore Air Force, Taiwan Air Force, Mexican Navy and the French Navy.
The TE-2 is a derivative of Hawkeye 2000, currently E-2 Hawkeye production standard, aircraft that will provide training for E-2s aircrews. The TE-2 will be not equipped with the Hawkeye 2000's radar, mission computer and other prime mission equipment. However, training hardware and required wiring will be installed on TE-2s. In early 2004, the US Navy awarded Northrop-Grumman a multi-year contract for three Hawkeye 2000 and five TE-2 aircraft to be delivered between 2006 and 2009.
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 5.60 meter (18.4 foot)
Length: 17.5 meter (57 foot)
Wingspan: 28 meter (92 foot)
Ceiling: 9,100 meter (29,856 foot)
Max Power at TakeOff: 10,000 shp (7,460 kW)
Cruise Speed: 138 mps (497 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 154 mps (300 KTAS)
Empty Weight: 18,090 kilogram (39,881 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,850 kilogram (52,579 pound)
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