The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is to gain four Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft. The US State Department notified US Congress of this likely sale worth 1.7 billion dollar on 1 June 2015.
The Delta Hawkeyes are equipped with APY-9 Radars and Tokyo buys two spare T56-A-427A engines plus modifications and other stuff like spare parts. “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,” a statement reads.
The JASDF already operates 13 of the C-version Hawkeyes, flying with the 1st Hiko Keikai Kanshitai (squadron) out of Misawa AB. They were purchased between 1983 and 1994. Later the force was augmented by the larger Boeing E-767 flying with Hiko Keikai Kanseita out of Hamamatsu. The Boeings are being updated again. The location of the four new Hawkeyes, Japan already decided to ask for them in November 2014, has not been confirmed yet.
Featured image: Japan ordered thirteen E-2C Hawkeyes back in the eighties. One of these is seen here at Hamamatsu airbase in central Japan. (Image © Robert van Zon)