The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) took delivery of its first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye tactical airborne early warning aircraft from Northrop Grumman on March 29.
“Northrop Grumman’s longstanding partnership with Japan is beginning a new chapter with the delivery of the first Japan E-2D,” said Jane Bishop, vice president and integrated product team leader, manned airborne surveillance programs, Northrop Grumman. “This aircraft provides a significant increase in early warning and surveillance capability to outpace Japan’s evolving security needs.”
In November 2014, the Japan Ministry of Defense competitively selected the Northrop Grumman E-2D to fulfill an emerging next-generation airborne early warning requirement, and ordered four aircraft from Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman is also providing continued support to JASDF in the areas of sustainment and maintenance, in coordination with several Japanese firms.
In addition to the four aircraft already ordered, Japan has requested for nine additional platforms. The request was approved by the U.S. State Department in September last year for an estimated cost of $3.135 billion under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
JASDF currently operates 13 Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, the older variant of the E-2D AHE, since 1983 and is the largest E-2 operator outside the U.S. Japan will use the new E-2D aircraft to provide AEW&C situational awareness of air and naval activity in the Pacific region and augment its existing E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C fleet.
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the latest variant of the Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, an American all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft.
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye features an entirely new avionics suite including the new AN/APY-9 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, radio suite, mission computer, integrated satellite communications, flight management system, improved T56-A-427A engines, a glass cockpit and, by 2020, aerial refueling capability.
The E-2D delivers a two-generation leap in radar technology, allowing the aircraft to track threats at extended range. The aircraft can also be used in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacity for civilian emergency coordination.