France aims to buy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
France intends to double its fleet of Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft with a $2 billion potential FMS deal for three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye variants and related equipment.
The principal contractor will be Northrop Grumman, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 6 July.
Included in the potential FMS are ten Allison T-56-427A turboprop engines five Link 16 (MIDS-JTRS) data link communication systems from DLS; ten embedded GPS/INS devices; four BAE Systems AN/APX-122(A) and AN/APX-123(A) IFF systems; and one Joint Mission Planning System.
Lockheed Martin will supply three AN/APY-9 radar assemblies, four AN/ALQ-217 ESM systems and three AN/AYK-27 integrated navigation control and display systems,
‘The proposed sale will improve France’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing its Naval Air Forces with a sustainable follow on capability to their current, legacy E-2C Hawkeye aircraft,’ the DSCA noted. ‘As a current E-2C operator, France will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces.’
Data from Shephard Defence Insight shows that the French Navy operates three E-2Cs (pictured).
A previous $180 million FMS deal for France, announced in October 2011, covered an upgrade for four E-2C variants and associated equipment, spare parts and logistics support.
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