Couple of major milestones for the Advanced Hawkeye program announced today:
Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP):
An Acquisition Decision Memorandum, signed June 11 by the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, gave the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program approval to enter low-rate initial production. Having demonstrated that it has met all acquisition milestone criteria, the E-2D program moves one step closer to delivering the advanced weapons system to the warfighter, and is on track to enter Operational Evaluation in FY 2012.
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program received a $432 million contract for Low-Rate Initial Production on June 15, 2009. The contract includes two LRIP Lot 1 aircraft and advanced acquisition for two LRIP Lot II aircraft. Shown in various stages of build at the company’s East Coast Manufacturing and Flight Test Center in St. Augustine, Fla., the first pilot production aircraft is on track to deliver to the U.S. Navy in 2010.