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Japan eyes on Northrop Grumman's E-2D Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft and RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS

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Japan eyes on Northrop Grumman's E-2D Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft and RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS
 
After having recently unveiled a record defense budget worth $42 bn for FY2015, 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.
     
After having recently unveiled a record FY 2015 defense budget worth $42 bn, 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.
Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft
(Credit: Northrop Grumman)
     
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-2 Hawkeye is a twin engine, five crewmember, high-wing turboprop aircraft with a 24-foot diameter radar rotodome attached to the upper fuselage. The Hawkeye provides all-weather airborne early warning, airborne battle management and command and control functions for the Carrier Strike Group and Joint Force Commander. Additional missions include surface surveillance coordination, air interdiction, offensive and defensive counter air control, close air support coordination, time critical strike coordination, search and rescue airborne coordination and communications relay. The E-2D version features an entirely new avionics suite, improved engines, a new "glass cockpit" and the potential for air-to-air refueling. Japan's Air Self-Defense Force currently has a fleet of 13 E-2C Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft.

     
After having recently unveiled a record FY 2015 defense budget worth $42 bn, 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. Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk high-alltitude long endurance unmanned aerial system
(Credit: Northrop Grumman)
     
The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft with an integrated sensor suite that provides global all-weather, day or night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability.

The RQ-4 can range as far as 22,780 km and fly at speeds approaching 574 km/h. Global Hawk's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of ISR collection capability to support joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations. The Global Hawk provides persistent near-real-time coverage using imagery intelligence (IMINT), signals intelligence (SIGINT) and moving target indicator (MTI) sensors. Global Hawk can carry out reconnaissance missions in all types of operations.