Northrop Grumman Military Aircraft Systems division is being awarded a contract modification for long-lead items in support of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft ordered by Japan under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The modification, worth around $32.7 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York (22.04 percent); Potez, Aire-sur-l’Adour, France (11.50 percent); Edgewood, New York (8.42 percent); Menlo Park, California (6.12 percent); Woodland Hills, California (5.53 percent); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (5.01 percent); Marlborough, Massachusetts (4.59 percent); Greenlawn, New York (3.06 percent); Owego, New York (3.06 percent); Independence, Ohio (3.06 percent); Gardena, California (2.29 percent); Melbourne, Florida (2.09 percent); Clemmons, North Carolina (1.81 percent); Falls Church, Virginia (1.53 percent); Melville, New York (1.49 percent); Long Beach, California (1.17 percent); Laval, Quebec, Canada (0.04 percent); and various locations within the U.S. (17.19 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2022.
The sale of up to nine E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to Japan for an estimated cost of $3.135 billion was approved by the U.S. State Department in September this year.
The new E-2D AHE aircraft will improve Japan’s ability to effectively provide homeland defense utilizing an 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 augment its existing E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C fleet. As the largest Hawkeye operator outside of the U.S. Navy, Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) currently has 13 E-2C Hawkeye aircraft operating since 1983. E-2C is the older variant of the E-2D.
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.