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Northrop Grumman to produce E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for Japan

By Ryan Maass
Northrop Grumman to produce E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for Japan
Northrop Grumman's E-2D Hawkeye is a twin-turboprop airborne early warning aircraft used for command-and-control operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shane A. Jackson

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract for its planned foreign military sale of an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to Japan.

The contract modification, valued at $285 million, supports a foreign military sale to Japan, which requested four E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft in June 2015, an order amounting to an estimated $1.7 billion, including associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

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Northrop Grumman's Hawkeye aircraft is a twin-turboprop airborne early warning aircraft used for command-and-control operations. The E-2D variant is designed to enhance situational awareness for operators on the battlefield, featuring an upgraded radar and mission computer, an integrated "all glass" tactical cockpit, and modernized communication capabilities.

Work on the contract will be performed at Northrop Grumman facilities in Florida, Virginia, and additional locations in the United States.

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