E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to make first landing on French aircraft carrier soon

According to information published by the French Ministry of Armed Forces on March 15, 2022, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft will soon be ready to make its first landing on board the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft on USS Harry S. Truman (Picture source: U.S. Navy)

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a high-wing airplane powered by two Rolls-RoyceT56-A-427A turboprop engines mounted on each wing and retractable tricycle landing gear. As with most carrier-borne airplanes, the E-2D is equipped with a tailhook for recovery (landing), and the nose gear can attach to a shuttle of the aircraft carrier's catapults for launch (takeoff).

The centerpiece of the E-2D AHE is the APY-9 radar system, designed specifically to provide enhanced surveillance detection and tracking capability against advanced threat aircraft and cruise missile systems in the overland, littoral, and open ocean environments.

The aircraft also uses the Grumman Sto-Wing folding wing system for carrier storage. A distinguishing feature of the Hawkeye is its 24-foot (7.3 m) diameter rotating radar dome that is mounted above its fuselage and wings.

Charles de Gaulle is the flagship of the French Navy. The ship, commissioned in 2001, is the tenth French aircraft carrier, first French nuclear-powered surface vessel, as well as only nuclear-powered carrier completed outside of the United States Navy.