The UAE has yet to decide on the number of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft it plans to procure, having asked bidders to instead detail how many aircraft they think it needs, a Northrop Grumman official said.
Jerry Spruill, director UAE AEW&C programmes, discussed his company's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye offering. Citing company policy, he declined to speak on the competition's timing or process.
"In general terms, we recognise they do have a requirement, and the Advanced Hawkeye is well suited to the region if you look at the geography and threats," he said. "If you look at the heavy maritime environment here and the ranges involved, and E-2D would be very well suited."
Northrop's rivals for the requirement are the Boeing E-737 and Saab 2000 Erieye.