The Japanese government is expected to receive a fleet of five new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft after a possible sale was approved by the US State Department this week.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress of the approval for the $1.381 billion foreign military sale on 7 March.
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft, the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft multi-mission platform, has the ability to coordinate simultaneous airborne strike, land force support, rescue operations, communications, and crime intercept missions.
The sale would also include 12 T56-A-427A engines for the aircraft, six multifunction information distribution system joint tactical radio system terminals, five APY-9 radars, five AN/AYK-27 navigation control and display systems, 12 LN-251 embedded GPS/inertial navigation systems with embedded airborne selective availability anti-spoofing module, and six ALQ-217 electronic support measures systems.
As well as aircraft spare, support and repair equipment, personnel training and training equipment, ferry services, engineering, and technical support services.
The sale would support US national security and foreign policy goals to improve political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a US State Department announcement.
“The proposed sale will improve Japan’s ability to effectively provide homeland defence utilising an AEW&C capability,” the statement said.
“Japan will use the E-2D AHE aircraft to provide AEW&C situational awareness of air and naval activity in the Pacific region and to augment its existing E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C fleet.
“Japan will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. US government or contractor personnel in-country visits will be required, on a temporary basis, in conjunction with program technical and management oversight and support requirements.”
Northrop Grumman Corporation Aerospace Systems has been selected as the principal contractor.