SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)
Responding to a 2010 RFI ( Request for Information ) issued by Indian navy Northrop Grumman had offered it’s all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft for Indian navies requirement.
Northrop Grumman confirmed to idrw.org that offer still stands and they are keen to work with India Navy. India has a vast coastline which needs better Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability and E-2D is only aircraft which has been designed to meet demanding environment of carrier operations said company official.
While Indian navy which operates 2 aircrafts carrier now and will also be Inducting locally developed Aircraft carrier soon but Indian navy might require bigger aircraft carrier to operate E-2D from aircraft carriers. But officials confirmed that aircraft has been certified for launch from electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) which Indian navy plans to use on yet to be constructed new aircraft carrier
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft dubbed as Carrier borne AWACS can also perform sea and land surveillance, can also be used to detect anti-ship missiles and also can be part of control of strike aircrafts on offensive missions. According to Northrop Grumman E-2D uses New AN/APY-9 radar which is an modern active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, capable of detecting fighter-sized stealth aircraft.
Sources close to idrw.org could not confirm if India navy still plans to procure them in the absence of Bigger Aircraft carrier to be operated upon or will use them from Naval base which was Initial plan of Indian Navy .