Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $1.36 billion contract modification for the production and delivery of nine E-2D Advanced Hawkeye tactical airborne early warning aircraft to Japan under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
This modification, awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), definitizes a previously awarded modification for long lead parts associated with the Japan E-2D aircraft.
Work will be performed in St. Augustine, Florida (29.06%); Syracuse, New York (16.66%); Melbourne, Florida (10.52%); El Segundo, California (10.44%); Indianapolis, Indiana (4.76%); Menlo Park, California (3.62%); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (2.55%); Doral, Florida (2.54%); Edgewood, New York (1.80%); Aire-sur-l’Adour, France (1.71%); Woodland Hills, California (1.67%); Liverpool, New York (1.58%); Owego, New York (1.42%); Greenlawn, New York (1.21%); Rockford, Illinois (1.12%); various locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (9.21% and 0.13%, respectively).
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 initial four aircraft ordered, Japan had 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.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) took delivery of its first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft from Northrop Grumman on March 29 this year.
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 Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C fleet. JASDF operates 13 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.