U.S. Approves $2 Billion Sale of Three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye AEW Aircraft to France

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye tactical Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft to France for an estimated cost of $2 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

The sale is being executed through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The DSCA, which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 6.

Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of three (3) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of France earlier requested to buy three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft, ten T-56-427A turboprop engines (6 installed and 4 spares), three AN/APY-9 radar assemblies, four AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measure (ESM) systems (3 installed and 1 spare), three AN/AYK-27 Integrated Navigation Channels and Display Systems, five Link-16 (MIDS-JTRS) Communications Systems (3 installed and 2 spares), ten Embedded GPS/INS (EGI) Devices (6 installed and 4 spares), four AN/APX-122(A) and AN/APX-123(A) Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) systems (3 installed and 1 spare) and one Joint Mission Planning System.

Also included are Common Systems Integration Laboratories with/Test Equipment, one in Melbourne, FL, and the other in France; air and ground crew equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; transportation; training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering, and technical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $2 billion.

According to a DSCA statement, this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

The proposed sale will improve France’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing its Naval Air Forces with a sustainable follow on capability to their current, legacy E-2C Hawkeye AEW aircraft. The E-2D aircraft will continue and expand French naval aviation capabilities and maintain interoperability with U.S. naval forces.

The principal contractor of the proposed sale is Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, FL.

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 operated mainly by the U.S. Navy.

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye AEW
Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft

The E-2D 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 carrier-based aircraft provides expanded battlespace awareness for carrier strike groups. Its two-generation leap in radar technology allows the E-2D to work with ship-, air- and land-based combat systems to track and defeat air, ship and cruise missiles at extended range. The aircraft can also be used in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacity for civilian emergency coordination.

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