Northrop Grumman has won a $16.2 million modification contract to integrate Joint Tactical Radio Systems on Japanese airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.
“This modification provides non-recurring engineering to incorporate Phase II of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System/Joint Tactical Radio System on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft in support of the government of Japan,” US Department of Defense said in a statement Monday.
Japan Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) maintains a fleet of 13 E-2C Hawkeyes and four E-767 aircraft as part of its Airborne Early Warning Wing. The E-2Cs are likely to be decommissioned in the late 2020s.
Japan ordered four E-2Ds for $1.7 billion in 2015. During October last year, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) approved the purchase of 9 additional E-2D Hawkeye aircraft for $3.1 billion. First of the four ordered planes was delivered to Tokyo this May.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft is a twin-turboprop, carrier-capable tactical air tactical airborne early warning aircraft. It is equipped with an AN/APY-9 radar, an ultra-high frequency hybrid mechanical/electronically scanned radar system with a 360-degree coverage capability. The aircraft is capable of detecting a ground-to-air cruise missile launch and stealth aircraft. It can be deployed from an aircraft carrier.
Japan is setting up 80 member-strong electronic warfare (EW) unit to jam enemy forces radars and missile guidance systems at the Kengun station of the Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDFs) Western Army, in Kumamoto Prefecture. “China has extended the firing range of cruise missiles and increased its attack capability in cyberspace and electromagnetic waves, areas that have become greater security threats
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In May of this year, Chinese JH-7 fighter bombers conducted a drill in the East China Sea simulating targeting destroyers belonging to Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF). “The government considers this move an extremely dangerous military action
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