The State Department approved a possible $1.7 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) request to Japan for four E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale on June 1.

The primary contractor would be Northrop Grumman [NOC] with acquisition and integration of systems to be managed by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Photo: U.S. Navy
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Photo: U.S. Navy.

The requested FMS would include four E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft, 10 T56-A-427A engines (eight installed and two spares), eight Multifunction Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT), four APY-9 Radars, modifications, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, ferry services, and aerial refueling support.

The sale would also include U.S. government and contractor logistics, engineering, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

Japan would use the aircraft to provide AEW&C situational awareness of air and naval activity in the Pacific region and to augment its existing E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C fleet.

Implementation of the FMS would not require U.S. government or contractor personnel to be posted to Japan but in-country visits would be required on a temporary basis in conjunction with program technical and management oversight and support requirements.