The US Navy (USN) is preparing to introduce a raft of enhancements for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-borne airborne early warning and control aircraft.
Upgrades include an aerial refuelling capability, communications and Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) improvements, and a datalink upgrade, according to the Naval Air Systems Command’s in-house journal Naval Aviation News . Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 203 (VX-20) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, is leading development test and qualification activity.
The ability to refuel in-flight, being incorporated in the Delta System and Software Configuration 3AR (DSSC-3AR) build, will provide the E-2D with extended persistence and increased flexibility through greater range and endurance.
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