NEWTOWN, Conn. --- Egypt is to get an additional Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft.
On October 15, The United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said it intends to award Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation a contract to provide the supplies and services necessary to deliver an ex-US Navy E-2C (aircraft A-97) to the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) and get it operational within approximately three months.
In December 1999, Egypt finalized a contract to modernize its existing five E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft with extensive radar (APS-145), mission computer, and workstation upgrades to bring them up to the Hawkeye 2000 standard. An additional E-2C that had already been upgraded to the Hawkeye 2000 standard was transferred in February 2003. The first upgraded versions were redelivered to Egypt in February 2003, followed by delivery of another one in early 2004 and yet another in May 2005. Upgrades to the remainder were completed in April 2007.
In October 2007, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a potential sale of two more E-2C AEW aircraft, which would include parts and service. The first was delivered to the Egyptian Air Force in December 2010. Earlier, in June 2008, Northrop Grumman was awarded a $38 million contract to bring this aircraft up to the latest Hawkeye 2000 standard before delivery.