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Congress Notified of Potential $1.7B E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Sale to Japan

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. US Navy Photo

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft conduct a test flight in 2009. US Navy Photo

Congress was notified of a potential sale of four Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes and supporting equipment to Japan, State Department officials told USNI News on Tuesday.

The four information, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, extra engines and radars are part of a $1.7 billion foreign military sales (FMS) case to add the Advanced Hawkeyes to the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) fleet of existing E-2C Hawkeyes.

“The proposed sale of E-2D AHE aircraft will improve Japan’s airspace and maritime domain awareness by utilizing an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capability. 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,” David McKeeby with the State Department told USNI News in a Tuesday statement.

Pending Congressional approval, the scope of the sale would include the four aircraft, ten T56-A-427A engines eight Multifunction Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) and four APY-9 Radars.

Japan currently fields more than a dozen Hawkeyes and the Ministry of Defense announced late last year its intention to purchase the advanced Hawkeyes over the Boeing 737 AEW&C “Wedgetail” currently fielded by Australia, South Korea and Turkey.

In May, Congress received a similar notification for a potential $3 billon sale of 17 Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and support equipment to Japan

The U.S. Navy’s first operational deployment of E-2Ds is currently underway as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and is a key component in the Navy’s Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA) construct.

  • Curtis Conway

    This is encouraging. I think they would have been happier with the E-7A Wedgetail, but I’m sure budgetary items are influencing this decision. There are several outlying islands that the JMSDF E-2s operate out of. The facilities are small, and the E-2 fits in better than a 737.

    • Marjus Plaku

      These will probably be almost identical E-2Ds the USN is getting, so same linkages and systems, which is important for the upcoming integrated fire support revolution. Basically the US is moving the picket line up from Alaska or Hawaii into Japan, and in wartime can reply on assets maintained and operated by the Japanese, but virtually identical to and used in support of American forces. Same for Imperial Japanese Navy warships and other elements like land based radars.

      • Curtis Conway

        I suspect the South Koreans are going to be included in this team as well.

  • Naoshi Miwa

    One point to correct the report. E-2C fleet is operated by Air Self Defense Force not Maritime Self Defense Force.

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  • Curtis Conway

    China’s state-run newspaper has warned the United States that “war is inevitable” if “the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt its activities.”

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