MELBOURNE, Fla. – Oct. 3, 2023 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to evolve the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye cockpit and computing architecture with Delta System Software Configuration 6 (DSSC 6) through 2028.

  • DSSC 6 modernization includes Hawkeye Cockpit Technology Refresh and Theater Combat ID.
  • Once fielded, the new open mission systems architecture of DSSC 6 will enable rapid integration of new capabilities, including non-proprietary applications from industry partners.
  • Entire Navy fleet will be retrofitted with updated cockpit, navigation technologies and mission systems, beginning in 2029 and throughout the 2030s.


Janice Zilch, vice president, multi-domain command and control programs, Northrop Grumman: “Northrop Grumman has a long partnership with the U.S. Navy on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program to ensure with this fleet modernization that we continue to outpace evolving threats into the 2040s and beyond, with this proven airborne battle management command and control aircraft.”

Northrop Grumman To Modernize Cockpit and Mission Solutions for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with DSSC 6 includes modernization of the cockpit and critical mission systems. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman) 

Details on Program:

Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the latest in a line of Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft that stretches back over 60 years. The E-2 platform is the foundation for the world’s premier airborne battle management command and control systems, effective over land and sea. Northrop Grumman has evolved the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye into a cutting-edge platform, capable of facing threats anywhere in the world.

E-2 variants are operated by Air Forces and Navies around the world. With an active production line and a 100% on-time delivery history, the E-2D continues to introduce new technology to outpace ever-evolving threats.

The E-2D seamlessly analyzes, fuses and distributes multi-domain information into a command-and-control system of systems, supporting all domains and levels of war. As the offensive and defensive coordinator of the Carrier Strike Group, the E-2D provides dominant and continuous interoperable command and control as well as surveillance for protection of the fleet.

The E-2 platform also provides search and rescue guidance, navigational assistance and communications relay. Operations include Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Tomodachi and Joint Task Force Katrina.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global aerospace and defense technology company. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect and protect the world, and push the boundaries of human exploration across the universe. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 98,000 employees define possible every day.