Navy gives Lockheed Martin $3.2 billion to make more radars for E-2D Hawkeye
Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.
The Lockheed Martin plant in suburban Syracuse has landed a $600 million share of a $3.2 billion Navy contract to provide radars for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, the company said today.
Lockheed Martin will provide its APY-9 radars for the early-warning surveillance planes, which are based on aircraft carriers.
The company will serve as a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, which won the $3.2 billion Navy contract in April to produce 24 new Advanced Hawkeye planes through 2025.
Lockheed Martin said production work on the radar will take place at its Electronics Park plant in Salina, and at sister plants in Owego, N.Y., and Clearwater, Fla.
Lockheed did not say what share of the work will be performed at the Salina plant, which employs about 1,600 people in Syracuse’s northern suburbs, or whether the contract will lead to new jobs.
The company has more than 100 job openings at the Electronics Park plant for entry-level and experienced professionals in systems engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, integration and testing, and manufacturing.
Lockheed has touted its APY-9 radar as an improvement over older technology. The new radar uses UHF (ultra-high frequency) technology to detect smaller targets over a greater range, including those in coastal regions and on land.
The Navy uses the aircraft to track and defend against air, ship and cruise missiles at extended ranges.
Northrop Grumman said its latest contract to produce the Advanced Hawkeye aircraft includes an option for nine aircraft sold through foreign military sales. The company said it has delivered 37 of the aircraft under a previous contract to the U.S. Navy.
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