Northrop Grumman has been contracted to begin work on the nine additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Japan announced earlier this year.
With four aircraft under contract and in various stages of production, the company received a USD32.73 million award on 16 November from the US Department of Defense (DoD) for long-lead acquisitions related to the production of the fifth aircraft (JAA5) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). The initial batch is due to be delivered to the JASDF between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020, while the fifth aircraft will follow before the end of 2022.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense initially selected the E-2D in 2014 to serve alongside the earlier E-2C, as well as the Boeing E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
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