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

June 2, 2015 4:28 PM
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.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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