The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman an $8.4 million contract modification to design, build and test a controlled breakpoint for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aerial refueling program.
Northrop will also integrate the E-2D CBP line replaceable assembly onto the Hawkeye’s AR probe forward mast assembly in an effort to mitigate the risk of foreign object damage to the aircraft when the military branch conducts air-to-air refueling operations, the Defense Department said Monday.
The company will perform work under the modification in Florida, New York and the U.K. through January 2019.
DoD noted the obligated amount of $2.6 million at the time of award is from the Navy’s fiscal year 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds.
The E-2D Hawkeye, a variant of Northrop’s E-2 airborne early warning-and-control system aircraft, is designed to support military airborne strike, ground force support, rescue and drug interdiction missions, according to the Navy.