Japan has become the first export customer for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. An $151.3 million Foreign Military Sales contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman on November 12 by US Naval Air Systems Command for one E-2D for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).
Contract completion is anticipated in March 2018. This marks the first confirmed export order for the latest Hawkeye variant. Earlier this year, on June 1, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) had announced that US State Department approval had been granted for the sale of four E-2Ds to the JASDF. Congress was notified of the proposed sale on the same day.
The DSCA said that Japan had also requested two spare T56-A-427A engines, eight Multifunction Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) and four APY-9 Radars for the aircraft, plus spares, support and training. It is expected that orders for the remaining three E-2Ds will follow as funding permits in the Japanese Government’s yearly defence budgets.
The new E-2Ds will supplement the JASDF’s existing fleet of 13 E-2C Hawkeyes, which first entered service in 1984. They are based at Misawa and operated by the Kekai Kokutai’s (AEW Group’s) Hiko Keikai Kanshitai (Airborne Warning and Control Squadron). Alan Warnes