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Lockheed Martin Syracuse wins $600M contract for Navy airborne radar

An E-2D Hawkeye from the "Bluetails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on Feb. 18, 2019.

MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS AMBER SMALLEY/U.S. NAVY

By MARK WEINER | Syracuse Media Group, N.Y. | Published: July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — The Lockheed Martin plant in suburban Syracuse has landed a $600 million share of a $3.2 billion Navy contract to provide radars for its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, the company said Tuesday.

Lockheed Martin will provide its APY-9 radars for the early-warning surveillance planes, which are based on aircraft carriers.

The company will serve as a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, which won the $3.2 billion Navy contract in April to produce 24 new Advanced Hawkeye planes through 2025.

Lockheed Martin said production work on the radar will take place at its Electronics Park plant in Salina, and at sister plants in Owego, N.Y., and Clearwater, Fla.

Lockheed did not say what share of the work will be performed at the Salina plant, which employs about 1,600 people in Syracuse’s northern suburbs, or whether the contract will lead to new jobs.

Lockheed has touted its APY-9 radar as an improvement over older technology. The new radar uses UHF (ultra-high frequency) technology to detect smaller targets over a greater range, including those in coastal regions and on land.

The Navy uses the aircraft to track and defend against air, ship and cruise missiles at extended ranges.

Northrop Grumman said its latest contract to produce the Advanced Hawkeye aircraft includes an option for nine aircraft sold through foreign military sales. The company said it has delivered 37 of the aircraft under a previous contract to the U.S. Navy.

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