Northrop Grumman has awarded a $50.9 million (€45.6 million) contract for the AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measure (ESM) system for the US Navy’s (USN) E-2D aircraft. This second order for the system is scheduled for deliveries through 2024.

We’re excited to have the opportunity to continue producing AN/ALQ-217 ESM systems for the US Navy’s use on its E-2D ADVANCED HAWKEYE aircraft,” commented Joe Ottaviano, Business Development Director, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Sytems. “In today’s environment, our adversaries are developing advanced technologies to disrupt our defenses and we must remain vigilant and stay one step ahead. Having the ability to detect what’s in the electromagnetic spectrum first is crucial to the overall aircraft’s survivability and the safety of our warfighters.”

The ALQ-217, currently installed on USN and international E-2C and E-2Ds, provides a full range of ESM operational capabilities. It is capable of detecting, intercepting and geolocating RF signals, identifying weapon systems, including the type, function and mode of intercepted emitters, while improving situational awareness. It has three RF operating range bands: low, mid and high; allowing a full 360° acquisition coverage in each band, providing powerful performance.

Lockheed Martin has been the ALQ-217 ESM supplier to Northrop Grumman on the E-2C and E-2D programme since 1999. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

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