Japan Selects Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities

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Japan Selects Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities
 
The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected two Northrop Grumman Corporation systems to enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Under a process known as type selection, the Japanese government chose the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system to help maintain the country's sovereignty.
     
The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected two Northrop Grumman Corporation systems to enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Under a process known as type selection, the Japanese government chose the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system to help maintain the country's sovereignty.
The U.S. Navy announced that the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye achieved Initial Operational Capability Oct. 10 2014. IOC signifies that the first operational squadron, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, is manned, trained, equipped and ready to start deployment preparation. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye joins the E-2C in providing its airborne early warning, command and control capability to the carrier strike group. (U.S. Navy photo)
     
Type selection identifies the capabilities and systems to be purchased to meet specific defense requirements. Following selection, the U.S. government will be asked to enter into the foreign military sale (FMS) process for these items.

"Northrop Grumman has a long history working with Japan's Air Self-Defense Force and we look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come," said Mary Petryszyn, vice president for International, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "We are very pleased the Japan Ministry of Defense has expressed confidence in these systems and look forward to working with our U.S. military customers through the FMS process."

Contract terms, timing and quantities of aircraft are yet to be determined and, as such, details are not available at this time.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the newest variant of the E-2 aircraft platform. It features a state-of-the-art radar and upgraded aircraft systems that improve supportability and increase readiness. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye joins the F/A-18 and EA-18G Growler to comprise the future carrier flight deck, continuing the U.S. Navy’s integrated warfighting legacy. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, along with the E-2C, provides command and control capability to coordinate multiple missions, including air warfare, strike warfare, surface warfare and search and rescue operations. Acting as a “digital quarterback,” the E-2D scans the environment with its onboard sensors and processes this data with its tactical mission computer. It distributes the tactical picture to command centers and other assets through onboard communication subsystems. The U.S. Navy also utilizes this capability to participate in humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

To learn more about the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye read our special focus at this link.
 

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