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American carrier-based AWACS aircraft E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will be able to control drones

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American carrier-based AWACS aircraft E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will be able to control drones

American carrier-based early warning aircraft E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will be able to control several drones at once. According to NPlus1 with reference to Flightglobal, the aircraft will be refined by Northrop Grumman.


According to the publication, the US Navy will soon order the revision of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to control drones. Northrop Grumman specialists must upgrade the onboard equipment, providing crews with the ability to do this.

The start date of the work is not named. It is planned that at the first stage laboratory tests will be carried out, then, if they are successfully completed, flight tests will be carried out. It is reported that the number of drones that the upgraded E-2D will be able to control will include the unmanned MQ-25A Stingray deck tanker.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the latest in the E-2 family. It features active phased array radar and more sophisticated data transmission equipment. The aircraft also has an improved version of turboprop engines. The length of the aircraft is 17,6 meters, the wingspan is 24,6 meters. The maximum take-off weight is 26 tons. The maximum speed is 648 km / h, the flight range is about 2,7 thousand km.

By 2023, the US Navy is to receive 50 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-based aircraft under two contracts.
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  1. poquello
    poquello 20 March 2021 15: 06
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    that is, they no longer hope for satellites)
    1. Dread
      Dread 20 March 2021 15: 11
      -1
      Quote: poquello
      that is, they no longer hope for satellites)

      Peerless commentary - straight to the point ...
    2. svp67
      svp67 20 March 2021 15: 30
      +6
      Quote: poquello
      that is, they no longer hope for satellites)

      Apparently it is not always possible to use them.
      In general, an interesting topic. The range and passability of the radio signal can thus be increased.
      And drones are not only flying in the sky now ...
      1. The leader of the Redskins
        The leader of the Redskins 20 March 2021 15: 35
        +15
        Personally, I consider these aircraft to be unique in their own way. Not only is it "smart", but also compact and capable of taking off from the deck!
        1. Vladimir_2U
          Vladimir_2U 20 March 2021 16: 03
          -2
          Quote: Leader of the Redskins
          and is capable of taking off from the deck!

          Yes, you can launch a bald devil from the deck, but planting is much more difficult!
          1. OgnennyiKotik
            OgnennyiKotik 20 March 2021 16: 11
            +1
            This is not true. Man is the weakest link during landing, the automatic landing of fighters has been worked out and is being implemented.
            UAVs have already taken off and landed on an aircraft carrier more than 7 years ago.
            1. Vladimir_2U
              Vladimir_2U 20 March 2021 16: 20
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              Quote: OgnennyiKotik
              This is not true. Man is the weakest link during landing, the automatic landing of fighters has been worked out and is being implemented.

              And what has a man to do with it? Personally, I'm talking about the size and Nazariy too.
              1. OgnennyiKotik
                OgnennyiKotik 20 March 2021 16: 43
                +6
                Quote: Vladimir_2U
                Personally, I'm talking about the size and Nazariy too.

                And take off what problems?
                E-2 is a small plane. For example, the F-14 was larger, heavier and faster. His landing is really difficult, with Hokai there are no problems at all.
                The fact that such an electronic equipment was placed on such an airplane is my respect.
                1. Vladimir_2U
                  Vladimir_2U 20 March 2021 16: 46
                  +1
                  Quote: OgnennyiKotik
                  with Hockey, no problems at all.

                  I have not written anywhere that there are problems with Hockey, I wrote that planting is much more difficult than launching, do you dispute this?
                  1. Lt. Air Force stock
                    Lt. Air Force stock 20 March 2021 21: 29
                    0
                    Why is it difficult? Takeoff with the help of a catapult, when landing, they use the GAC and brake cables.
                2. Avior
                  Avior 20 March 2021 17: 39
                  +9
                  What a f-14!
                  Landing the S-130 is a task :)))
                  1. OgnennyiKotik
                    OgnennyiKotik 20 March 2021 17: 47
                    +4
                    This really impressed me!
                  2. mvg
                    mvg 21 March 2021 00: 18
                    +2
                    Pilot of the highest level 80. I started planting from the very edge ..
                  3. Vladimir_2U
                    Vladimir_2U 21 March 2021 06: 37
                    +1
                    Quote: Avior
                    Landing the S-130 is the task:
                    Impressive, yeah! But all the same, the plane that was taking off and that was landing was actually empty, even for fuel, plus a propeller-winged orthopedic, but still, she was still a bandura.
                  4. Intruder
                    Intruder 21 March 2021 22: 37
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                    Well .., beautiful and extreme, no doubt !!!
                    Our (I mean - pilots of rotary-winged aircraft), too, know how to do all sorts of things, at the limit of the car:


            2. Intruder
              Intruder 20 March 2021 16: 40
              -1
              Man is the weakest link during landing, the automatic landing of fighters has been worked out and is being implemented.
              the pilot controls all modes from the cockpit, plus the dispatcher in the tower, in any case this is not yet a full automatic mode, no matter how we would like ... winked
              UAVs have already taken off and landed on an aircraft carrier more than 7 years ago.

              again, direct control, by the operator on the monitors, in the control compartment ... request
        2. Intruder
          Intruder 20 March 2021 16: 37
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          Personally, I consider these aircraft to be unique in their own way. Not only is it "smart", but also compact and capable of taking off from the deck!
          I agree, for the Russian Federation in the field of naval aviation, this would be useful to replace the outdated Silt! But we have - what we have! " wink
          1. Magog_
            Magog_ 21 March 2021 16: 38
            -1
            These tests were too long ago. The loading of the C-130 did not exceed 40%. The idea was abandoned, the plane was ordinary. Why they risked the plane and deck superstructures is not clear. To make another plane, but a little smaller? They didn't do that ...
        3. mvg
          mvg 20 March 2021 16: 38
          -4
          so still compact and capable of taking off from the deck!

          The catapult is driving. It all depends on the carrying capacity of the catapult.
          It's not WWII when Mitchell's B-25s took off from Hornet.
          1. Intruder
            Intruder 21 March 2021 21: 53
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            The catapult is driving. It all depends on the carrying capacity of the catapult.
            It's not WWII when Mitchell's B-25s took off from Hornet.
            not the last century, already these jumps and steam catapults, with brake hooks "under the belly of seabirds" and all kinds of aerofinishers, only VTOL (s) and FVL (s) - must fly from harsh sea carriers !!!
            PS Hmm, all the same I'm a fan of all sorts of flying verticals, probably ... I can be understood and forgiven !!! drinks
            1. mvg
              mvg 21 March 2021 23: 26
              -2
              I can be understood and forgiven !!! drinks

              Catapults rule. At least 3 catapults, you can launch AWACS, heavily loaded F-18s, and you never know what else is impatient. The same Hercules C-130
              Vertical airliners have always been underplanes
              1. Intruder
                Intruder 22 March 2021 00: 13
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                Vertical airliners have always been underplanes
                Well, yes, here you are looking at the history of the last century and this already:
                according to A. Zabolotny and A. Kotlobovsky, in total in the combat zone (Falklands Conflict 1982) British VTOL aircraft made 1650 sorties. Even if we do not take into account flights made before May 1, ignore the fact that the planes flew even after the end of hostilities, and assume that all 1650 sorties were made between May 1 and June 13 (44 days), it is still an average the number of sorties will not exceed 37,5 sorties per day. Given that in a number of cases (such as the battles on the "bomb alley") the British flew more often, respectively, on "quiet" days - less often.

                or:
                Over the Falklands, only 3 battles between fighters took place (all on May 1). In the first case (2 Mirages versus 2 Sea Harriers), neither side succeeded. Judging by the available descriptions, the Argentines attacked the British, they noticed the Mirages and turned towards them, after which the Argentines used missiles from a distance of about 20-25 km and withdrew from the battle. In the second case, a pair of Mirages tried to get close to the British on a head-on course, after which, having slipped over the Sea Harriers, they made a sharp turn and went into the tail of the British. Descriptions of what happened later differ, the most similar to a maneuverable battle looks like this - the Argentines and the British, moving on converging courses, flew past each other, while the pilots of the Mirages lost sight of the British. Then "C" Harriers "turned around, went into the tail of the" Mirages "that did not see them and shot them down. In the third case, Ardiles' Dagger was able to quietly launch an attack on a pair of Sea Harriers, his missile did not hit the target, and he himself slipped past a relatively slow-moving British air patrol at high speed (usually Sea Harriers patrolled at a speed of no more than 500 km / h) and tried to leave, taking advantage of the superiority in speed - but "Sidewinder" was faster. In all other cases, the Sea Harriers shot down attack aircraft that were trying to break through to the British ships, or, by dropping bombs, tried to escape from the Sea Harriers. Consequently, if the Sea Harriers possessed superiority in maneuverability, then they could not realize it due to the lack of maneuverable battles. Between May 1 and 25, the Sea Harriers shot down 18 enemy aircraft, most of them Mirages, Skyhawks and Daggers. The author did not credit the Sea Harriers with one Mirage that was shot down on May 1 - the plane was damaged, but still had a chance of an emergency landing. This plane is listed in the column "Argentine anti-aircraft gunners", because it was they who finished it off. As for the 3 planes destroyed on the ground, we are talking about light attack aircraft destroyed during the raids on the Gus Green and Port Stanley airfields. At the same time, the minimum figure is taken, it is possible that the Harriers destroyed or disabled a greater number of aircraft before the end of the war during raids on airfields. Accordingly, the share of VTOL aircraft can be recorded as 21 destroyed aircraft, or almost 48% of the total number of those killed on May 1-25.
                .
                and more, but already different verticals:
                used by special forces CV-22B have repeatedly demonstrated good survivability. For example, in December 2013, three tiltrotors used to evacuate American citizens in South Sudan were damaged by small arms fire from the ground. Subsequently, after returning, 119 holes were counted in their hull, which led to damage to the fuel and hydraulic systems. Despite the damage, the CV-22B were able to continue the controlled flight. In order for the Osprey to cover a distance of 800 km and land at the Entebbe airfield in Uganda, they had to be refueled several times in the air from an MC-130N aircraft. Although the number of Osprey in the US Air Force is relatively small, they play a measuring role in ensuring the combat activities of special operations forces. The commissioning of the CV-22B made it possible to retire the MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft and the MH-53 Pave Low helicopters. Convertoplanes also noticeably pushed the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters into the search and rescue squadrons. It is planned that the more high-speed promising CV-22C converters will operate in conjunction with the HH-60W helicopters, which are planned to replace the HH-60G. For air refueling of MH-60 special forces helicopters and NN-60 search and rescue helicopters in the future, CV-22C should receive refueling equipment similar to that used on KC-130J aircraft. An increase in the flight, operational and combat characteristics of the modernized CV-22C should primarily occur by increasing the engine power by 25% and using more advanced avionics and weapons.
                .
                And many other interesting moments with these "underplanes" !!! wink hi
            2. Intruder
              Intruder 28 March 2021 00: 53
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              Nice video for fans of combat "verticals":
        4. svp67
          svp67 20 March 2021 17: 20
          +1
          Quote: Leader of the Redskins
          Not only is it "smart", but also compact and capable of taking off from the deck!

          Maybe this one will take off ...
          1. hydrox
            hydrox 21 March 2021 10: 30
            +1
            But such platforms only for the installation of special purpose equipment need at least fifty pieces at a time (PLO, AWACS, patrol of the near sea zone and fishing, communication with the satellite system and the issuance of coordinates, control of drones in a network mode, coordination of operations of different types and types of troops. ..).
            And by the way, 2 hours in the air is about nothing.
            1. Intruder
              Intruder 22 March 2021 00: 18
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              And by the way, 2 hours in the air is about nothing.
              depending on how fast and for what flight work and on what, with what !? winked
              1. hydrox
                hydrox 22 March 2021 06: 50
                +1
                For work in the near sea and economic zone - I thought, from my short list, the work is clear, and it is clear that this is not work as part of the AUG.
                With such Russian sea spaces, such an aircraft would be good on floats, and it would not damage it in forest fires - not everywhere there are water areas suitable for the Be-200.
                1. Intruder
                  Intruder 22 March 2021 15: 32
                  +1
                  With such Russian sea spaces, such an aircraft would be good on floats, and it would not damage it in forest fires - not everywhere there are water areas suitable for the Be-200.
                  I agree, completely and completely with you! Better yet, combine a float landing gear with a wheeled (in winter - ski) landing gear, rather than a highly specialized seaplane, such as the Be-200, which needs a clean water surface as a waterway, in winter and summer ...!?
                  Such and, preferably, inexpensive in maintenance and cost (for maritime patrolling of the near sea zone and coastal coast guard):


                  1. hydrox
                    hydrox 22 March 2021 23: 28
                    +1
                    The ones in the photo are, of course, toys, but we need a workhorse - only horses aren’t released now ... well, then: Russia doesn’t produce engines for them.
                    1. Intruder
                      Intruder 23 March 2021 00: 53
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                      The ones in the photo are, of course, toys, but we need a workhorse - only horses aren’t released now ... well, then: Russia doesn’t produce engines for them.
                      These "toys" are confidently used by: Vietnam, Canada and other countries ... and just for the purposes of patrolling and the coast guard, and for more than one year !!! winked
                      1. hydrox
                        hydrox 23 March 2021 11: 11
                        +1
                        I agree with you, but all those who use them to protect a short strip of coast (and economic zone!) In those countries could use a fishing echo sounder and positioner of any GPS system, but not with our thousands of miles of length, squares and climatic zones, therefore, this device and the radar need 600-800 km, and not for 5-10 tracking targets, but maybe more, and the GAS is almost a boat, but with a magnetometer laughing , yes, the radio interception system, although not the most difficult, but also some kind of electronic warfare for working with poachers and fish handlers in the sea, and a computer with access to the Internet for keeping an archive, and on a working day 8 hours of fuel, and for hydro-special use you still need to place inspection department. laughing
                      2. Intruder
                        Intruder 23 March 2021 13: 42
                        +1
                        but not with our thousands of miles of length, squares and climatic zones, so this device and radar need 600-800 km, and not for 5-10 tracking targets, but maybe more, and the GAS is almost a boat, but with a laughing magnetometer, yes, the radio interception system, although not the most difficult, but also some kind of electronic warfare for working with poachers and fish handlers in the sea, and a computer with access to the Internet for keeping an archive, and 8 hours of fuel for a working day,

                        Duc, have been produced for a long time, only not in / and not for the Russian Federation, but you can take advantage of the successful experience, such as this:
                        Pilatus PC-12M Eagle is a multipurpose reconnaissance aircraft developed by the Swiss company Pilatus. Was focused on the US market. Depending on the configuration of the reconnaissance equipment, the aircraft can carry out the following missions: electronic reconnaissance and patrolling (SAR radar and IR sensors), electronic warfare and target designation (phased array, radar, IR sensors, electronic warfare equipment and radio and electronic reconnaissance equipment), patrolling coastal borders and operations against drug smuggling (IR sensors and MSOC multispectral optical camera). As additional functions, the aircraft configuration is envisaged in the role of: medical evacuation, photo reconnaissance, passenger and transport aircraft, VIP transport. The first flight of the RS-12M aircraft took place in October 1995. There are two main variants of the aircraft, the first one: PC-12M (HB-FOB) - equipped with optoelectronic sensors controlled by the Northrop Grumman Sensor Management System (SMS). The SMS system includes a three-processor station based on Intel Pentium processors. The sensors include - WF-160DS FLIR IR sensors, an optical camera with a varifocal lens from 20 to 280 mm and the American RISTA system (Reconnaissance, Infra-red Surveillance, Target Acquisition). The second option: PC-12M (HB-FOG) - equipped with Northrop Grumman WF-160DS IR / EO sensors, Raytheon Sea Vue SV 1021 radar, Delfin Systems RER system (30 MHz to 2 GHz), digital and video data transmission system ( at a distance of up to 200 km).
                        Ceiling: 9 144 m
                        Ferrying range: 3 498 km
                        Flight range with a maximum load of 1014 kg: 1 285 km
                        Maximum payload: 1014 kg.
                      3. hydrox
                        hydrox 23 March 2021 19: 02
                        +1
                        Someone does not like you and minus you (corrected), but thanks for the info, I just did not know (immense - hands are short), but the payload for our purposes will be small, but the rest of the data is quite for itself, but I would look at the efficiency of the engines.
                        I think you do not profess the liberal: "We will sell gas, oil, and with this money we will buy EVERYTHING!" ??
                      4. Intruder
                        Intruder 23 March 2021 21: 03
                        +2
                        Someone does not like you and minus (corrected)
                        Thank you, well ...: "... By the will of rock it happened? Or is it their disposition? ..." he paraphrased a phrase from a famous song, a little for them ... but you have to love your enemies .. ... laughing wink
                        Yes, I would look at the efficiency of the engines.
                        for turboprop one of the most, of course in its class, economical .. by the way!
                        In the basic version of PC-12:
                        Fuel capacity: 1 227 kg., It is under the plug!
                        I think you do not profess the liberal: "We will sell gas, oil, and with this money we will buy EVERYTHING!" ??
                        Chur ..., me - so, then a republican in spirit and anti-globalist in thinking, and "we will sell everything" is the lot of traders with economists and all sorts of effective managers ... ...) and I hope and will not be after me already ...
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  • Bad_gr
    Bad_gr 20 March 2021 22: 20
    +3
    The logical development of the aircraft: he sees the target with his locator, and the drone, which is controlled from it, destroys it. I think it's not a problem to put another operator in such an airplane.
    Yes, and our A-50 would not hurt such a modernization.
  • silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 20 March 2021 15: 37
    +1
    it seems to me that specialized heavy DRLO drones will be much more promising both in height (horizon view) and in flight duration ... and the equipment can be thought out taking into account modern technologies (antenna / mushroom with a fairing is not at all necessary)
    1. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 20 March 2021 16: 06
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      Quote: silberwolf88
      specialized heavy drones AWACS

      You missed the letters "U" - and controls! But drones will not be able to control someone else for a long time, escort drones do not count.
  • bald
    bald 20 March 2021 16: 27
    0
    A normal natural process in processors, but the "basulk" will have to be changed, this is a normal update.
  • Evgeny Seleznev
    Evgeny Seleznev 20 March 2021 16: 44
    +5
    Excellent AWACS aviation complex. There are not enough of them in the Red Army. Not a prodigy, but a really necessary complex.
  • Holuay T.O
    Holuay T.O 20 March 2021 18: 15
    -1
    In 1983, there were rumors that the Soviet crew of the S-200 air defense missile system shot down the Hawkeye AWACS, but whose? Israel or the United States?
    But in 1983, the United States lost 2 aircraft in Lebanon - 1 A-6 and 1 A-7. In addition, 1 more A-6 and 1 French "Super Etandart" were damaged, but were able to board their aircraft carriers.
    1. Intruder
      Intruder 21 March 2021 21: 55
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      were damaged, but were able to board their aircraft carriers.
      reliable and "flying" machines, with an experienced crew, land on one wing! laughing wink