CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. U.S. Navy officials sought to bring realistic, adaptable tactics training to military pilots and crew specific to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, an all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning aircraft from Northrop Grumman. They found their training solution at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Rockwell Collins won a $34.5 million U.S. Navy contract, with a total of $85.9 million on other E-2D training systems currently in service, to provide a new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Tactics Trainer in support of the E-2D Hawkeye Integrated Training Systems (HITS) III program.
One of the most advanced aircraft training suites in the world, officials say, increases mission readiness through integrated training with other simulators throughout the U.S.
“The Navy will have the tools they need to maintain readiness and train personnel on the complicated mission scenarios involving the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye,” says Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions (STS) for Rockwell Collins. “Our expertise and experience in developing previous iterations of E-2D training systems helped us meet the Navy’s exact requirements for this program when no one else could.”
The training system can be integrated with other trainers throughout the U.S. and can support high-fidelity training in a Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) environment. The new tactics trainer will be installed at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California, and is expected to be completed by August 2020.
Beyond the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, Rockwell Collins’ proven training systems are adaptable and address the needs of other platforms performing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), maritime patrol, and airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) special missions.
Rockwell Collins (NYSE:COL) is a provider of aviation and high-integrity solutions – including flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training – for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day we help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey.
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