US to supply additional E-2C Hawkeye to Egypt

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The Egyptian Air Force will receive a single Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft from Northrop Grumman, which will refurbish the ex-US Navy aircraft for the North African nation.

The United States Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 15 October posted a notice stating that Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) intends to negotiate and award a sole source order to Northrop Grumman to return aircraft A-97 (currently being preserved) and associated parts to Cairo under the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) E-2C Tactical Program.

Work is to be executed over approximately three months from date of contract award. This modification includes, but is not limited to the packaging and shipment of aircraft A-97 and approximately 3200 parts to the Freight Forwarder for shipment to Cairo, Egypt, the US FBO stated.

It appears the contract will also make provision for the upgrade of aircraft A-119, delivered to the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) in December 2010. The EAF has approximately seven E-2C Hawkeyes in service, with the first two being delivered in 1986. They were converted to Hawkeye 2000 standard more than a decade ago and fitted with APS-145 radar.

Also on 15 October, the FBO stated that NAVAIR intends to negotiate and award a sole source order to Northrop Grumman supporting Egyptian E-2C Tactical Programs. This support contract will last an initial year with three 12 month option periods.

Egypt is one of the few Arab air forces with an airborne early warning as well as airborne electronic warfare capability, flying E-2Cs, C-130H electronics intelligence (ELINT) aircraft and several Beech 1900 ELINT aircraft, amongst others.