Northrop Grumman has won a $34.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy to install technology on France’s E-2C Hawkeye planes that works to help warfighters distinguish between allies and enemies.
France is acquiring two types of Identification Friend or Foe systems for its three Hawkeyes, the company said Tuesday.
Other than the U.S., France is the only country to fly the Hawkeye from an aircraft carrier and stood up its first E-2C squadron in 2000.
“Northrop Grumman has had a long and collaborative partnership with the French Navy, extending back to October 1997,” said Bart LaGrone, vice president of Northrop’s E-2/C-2 programs.
The upgrade package for France includes AN/APX-122A IFF Mode 5/Mode S Interrogators and AN/APX-123 IFF Mode 5/Mode S Transponders.