Five E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 will make their maiden deployment as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is set to replace the E-2C Hawkeye in its primary mission to provide airborne early warning and command and control capabilities for all aircraft-carrier battle groups. While the primary mission for the E-2 has not changed, the Advanced Hawkeye is able to gather and process data more precisely and efficiently, thanks to state-of-the-art radar and communication equipment.
“Suppose you’re looking through a pair of goggles – with the E-2C you have 20/20 vision, and with the E-2D you have 20/10,” said Cmdr. Daryl Trent, commanding officer of VAW-125. “It has significantly advanced radar, its computer processing capabilities have been increased, and the communication suites have been enhanced. This airplane is a real game-changer.”
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