VAW-120 Conducts E-2D Tracer Carrier Qualifications on USS Gerald R. Ford

The U.S. Navy’s Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 120 “Greyhawks” has conducted first carrier qualifications with the E-2D Tracer tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft onboard USS Gerald R.Ford (CVN 78), Aug. 1.

The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R.Ford, is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications.

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the latest variant of the Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, an American all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft operated mainly by the U.S. Navy.

The E-2D features an entirely new avionics suite including the new AN/APY-9 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, radio suite, mission computer, integrated satellite communications, flight management system, improved T56-A-427A engines, a glass cockpit and aerial refueling capability.

The carrier-based aircraft provides expanded battlespace awareness for carrier strike groups. Its two-generation leap in radar technology allows the E-2D to work with ship-, air- and land-based combat systems to track and defeat air, ship and cruise missiles at extended range. The aircraft can also be used in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacity for civilian emergency coordination.

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