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HA4814 Grumman E-2T Hawkeye 2505, ROCAF, Taiwan

The Northrop E-2 Hawkeye is an all-weather airborne early warning aircraft (AEW). The E-2 was a twin-turboprop developed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s for the USN. The E-2 is a carrier- capable aircraft and has received major upgrades in their electronics for the E-2B and E-2C with the E-2C also receiving improved turbo-prop engines. The E-2 has been in production since the 1960’s making it the longest production run of any carrier based aircraft. The E-2C variant became operational in 1973.

In May 1993 Taiwan signed a contract for two E-2T Hawkeye (T for Taiwan) that were the equivalent of the E-2C. In 1999 the RoCAF approved the acquisition of two more E-2T. Some parts from four retired E-2Bs were used that wouldn’t affect their E-2C standards. The first two aircraft were received in October 2004 with 2505 and 2506 arriving on May 19, 2005. On May 26 both aircraft flew to their home base at Pingtung’s 439 Wing. January 1, 2000 the E-2Ts were reassigned to the Pingtung 2nd AEW Squadron 20th Group.

Specifications for the Northrop E-2C Hawkeye
Number of E-2C delivered – USN/180, USN Reserve for drug interdiction/6, others countries/30
Crew – 5 / 1 Pilot, 1 Co-Pilot, 1 Radar Officer (RO), 1 Combat Information Center Officer (CICO),
1 Aircraft Control Officer (ACO)
Dimensions
Length – 57 ft 8.75 in (17.60 m)
Wingspan – 80 ft 7 in (24.56 m)
Height – 18 ft 3.75 in (5.58 m)
Weight
Empty – 40,200 lb (18,090 kg)
Loaded – 43,068 lb (19,536 kg)
Maximum Take-off – 57,500 lb (26,083 kg)
Performance
Engines – 2 x Allison / Rolls Royce T56-A-427 5,100 shp (3,800 kW) each
Speed
Maximum – 350 knots (648 km/h)
Cruise – 256 knots (474 km/h
Ferry Range – 1,462 nmi (2,708 km)
Service Ceiling – 34,700 ft (10,576 m)
Endurance – 6 hrs
Avionics
AN/APS-145 Radar
OL-483/AP IFF interrogator system
APX-100 IFF Transponder
OL-698/ASQ Tactical Computer Group
AN/ARC-182 UHF/VHF radio
AN/ARC-158 UHF radio
AN/ARQ-34 HF radio
AN/USC-42 Mini-DAMA SATCOM system