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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Japan
U.S. Approves a $1.7 bn FMS to Japan for Four E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and Associated Equipment
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.7 billion (€1.5 bn). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June, 1st.
U.S. Approves a $1.7 bn FMS to Japan for Four E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and Associated Equipment The E-2 was the first aircraft designed specifically for its role

The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale of four (4) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft, ten (10) T56-A-427A engines (8 installed and 2 spares), eight (8) Multifunction Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT), four (4) APY-9 Radars, modifications, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, ferry services, aerial refueling support, U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $1.7 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States. Japan is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific and a key partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in that region. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives and the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

The proposed sale of E-2D AHE aircraft will improve Japan’s ability to effectively provide homeland defense utilizing an AEW&C capability. Japan will use the E-2D AHE 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. Japan will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces. In 1987, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force bought thirteen E-2C to improve its Early warning capabilities. The E-2D version will feature an entirely new avionics suite, improved engines, a new "glass cockpit" and the potential for air-to-air refueling.