Making their first Farnborough appearance were two Grumman types among the many international newcomers. The E‐2C Hawkeye was in the static park equipped with five tons of electronic equipment that is capable of simultaneously detecting hundreds of targets over land or sea and guiding interceptors on to these targets. The Grumman F‐14A Tomcat two seat swing‐wing carrier‐based air superiority fighter gave daily flight demonstrations which hinted at its versatility. It is equipped with the AW‐9 weapons control system which is claimed to have exceptional detection ranges, standoff firing capabilities and attack modes. The Tomcat and Hawkeye are complementary and this capability was emphasised by the manufacturers, since both are in service with the US Navy and operate as a team with a high security voice and data communications system.
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