The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale 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. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Jun 1, 2015.
The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale of:
- four (4) Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft;
- ten (10) Rolls-Royce T56-A-427A engines (8 installed and 2 spares);
- eight (8) Multifunction Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT);
- four (4) Lockheed Martin APY-9 Radars;
- spare and repair parts;
- support equipment;
- publications and technical documentation;
- personnel training and training equipment;
- ferry services;
- aerial refueling support;
- S. Government and contractor logistics;
- engineering and technical support services;
- 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.
The proposed sale of these aircraft and support will not alter the basic military balance in the Pacific region.
The principal contractor will be Northrop Grumman Corporation Aerospace Systems in Melbourne, Florida. The acquisition and integration of all systems will be managed by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a game changer in how the Navy will conduct battle management command and control. By serving as the «digital quarterback» to sweep ahead of strike, manage the mission, and keep our net-centric carrier battle groups out of harms way, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the key to advancing the mission, no matter what it may be. The E-2D gives the warfighter expanded battlespace awareness, especially in the area of information operations delivering battle management, theater air and missile defense, and multiple sensor fusion capabilities in an airborne system.
Hardware with system characteristics that provides:
- Substantial target processing capacity (>3,000 reports per second)
- Three highly automated and common operator stations
- High-capacity, flat-panel color high-resolution displays
- Extensive video type selection (radar and identification friend/foe)
- HF/VHF/UHF and satellite communications systems
- Extensive data link capabilities
- Inertial navigational system and global positioning system navigation and in-flight alignment
- Integrated and centralized diagnostic system
- Glass Cockpit allows software reconfigurable flight/mission displays
- Cockpit – 4th tactical operator
- Open architecture ensures rapid technology upgrades and customized configuration options
Wingspan: 24.56 m/80 feet 7 in
Width, wings folded: 8.94 m/29 feet 4 in
Length overall: 17.60 m/57 feet 8.75 in
Height overall: 5.58 m/18 feet 3.75 in
Diameter of rotodome: 7.32 m/24 feet
Weight empty: 19,536 kg/43,068 lbs
Internal fuel: 5,624 kg/12,400 lbs
Takeoff gross weight: 26,083 kg/57,500 lbs
Maximum level speed: 648 km/h/350 knots/403 mph
Maximum cruise speed: 602 km/h/325 knots/374 mph
Cruise speed: 474 km/h/256 knots/295 mph
Approach speed: 200 km/h/108 knots/124 mph
Service ceiling: 10,576 m/34,700 feet
Minimum takeoff distance: 410 m/1,346 feet ground roll
Minimum landing distance: 537 m/1,764 feet ground roll
Ferry range: 2,708 km/1,462 NM
Crew Members: 5
Power Plant: 2 × Rolls-Royce T56-A-427A, rated at 5,100 eshp each
Unrefueled: >6 hours
In-flight refueling: 12 hours