WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmen Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) today (2/14) issued the following statement regarding the Department of Defense’s approval of full-rate production for the E2-D Advanced Hawkeye:

“Since 2003, the Navy’s Advanced Hawkeye system been a model program for the Department of Defense and has met every major milestone on time or ahead of schedule. This is an impressive feat for a program that contains next generation technology and will be a game-changer on the battlefield,” said Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. “I have been involved in this program since day one and am proud of all of the hard work and dedication shown by the Navy and Northrop Grumman, especially the skilled workforce in St. Augustine. They deserve recognition for this achievement, particularly in these times of extreme fiscal uncertainty and constraint. It is important that my colleagues and I in Congress and the President now fulfill our role prevent the meat axe budget cuts of sequestration to the derail the success of this program.”

Congressman DeSantis, an active member of the standby Navy reserve who represents the district where Northrop Grumman St. Augustine is based, said the following:

“I applaud the Department of Defense’s decision to approve full-rate production for the E2-D Advanced Hawkeye. The E2-D enhances our military’s capabilities and, as a multi-mission platform, is a valuable part of our Navy. I thank Congressman Crenshaw, the Navy and Northrup Grumman for making this program a reality.”

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the Navy’s carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) and Battle Management Command and Control system. The Advanced Hawkeye will also bring significant Air and Missile Defense capability to theater operations.

The approval of full-rate production is the last in a series of test and evaluation milestones ALL development programs have to achieve. This approval allows the production of 55 aircraft at the Northrop Grumman St. Augustine facility over the next 10 years. To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered nine E-2Ds to the U.S. Navy on or ahead of schedule, with another 11 aircraft in various stages of manufacturing and pre-delivery flight testing. Initial operational capability with the U.S. Navy remains on track for 2015. This is the Navy’s third-largest aircraft modernization effort by dollar amount, behind only the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the P-8A Poseidon.

Contacts:

Crenshaw: Barbara Riley, Communications Director, 202-225-2501

DeSantis: Amy Graham, Communications Director, 202-225-2706

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