Japan has signed for the third of four Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft it is expected to procure, the US Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 5 June.
The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) was awarded USD153.2 million to deliver one nationally-configuration E-2D to Japan by March 2020. The contract follows similar awards made in November 2015 and July 2016 for the first two aircraft. To date, Japan has spent USD780 million on its E-2D procurement programme, including non-recurring engineering and infrastructure.
The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in 2014 to help fulfill the nation’s AEW&C requirements, serving alongside the earlier model E-2C as well as the Boeing E-767 airborne warning and control systems (AWACS). Once operational with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) the E-2D will augment the 13 E-2C aircraft and four E-767s already in service.
With the first JASDF aircraft having been rolled out from Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St.
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