Northrop Grumman (NG) is promoting the E-2D Hawkeye AEW aircraft to Malaysia, as well as India and the UAE. NG attended the recent LIMA show in Langkawi, where it was publicizing the recent go-ahead for full E-2D production by the U.S. Navy. Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) is expected in 2015. The Navy’s program of record is for 75 E-2Ds; nine have been built for development and operational testing, and 11 more are now in production.
The U.S. government has cleared India, Malaysia and the UAE to acquire this advanced aircraft. However, an exportable version is yet to be developed. Most likely, it will have datalink and communications systems different from those of the U.S. Navy version. Meetings with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) have been conducted regularly, although that service has yet to formulate its requirements, said Tom Trudell, Northrop Grumman manager of international business development for the E-2/C2I IPT.
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