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Japan’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye takes off

17th November 2017 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Northrop Grumman has successfully completed the first flight of Japan’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft at the company’s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in Florida.

The aircraft is designed to provide 360-degree surveillance, with the new AN/APY-9 radar system identifying a larger number of targets at greater distances. It also features new avionics and a glass cockpit.

Japan's Ministry of Defense selected the E-2D in 2014 to fulfill the nation's airborne early warning requirements.

Northrop Grumman began production in 2016 on two Hawkeye aircraft which are now in the final production phase.

Jane Bishop, VP, E-2D AHE programs, Northrop Grumman, said: ‘The successful first flight of Japan’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is a significant milestone in delivering advanced airborne early warning and surveillance capabilities to the country.

‘The augmentation of the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s current Hawkeye fleet with the E-2D Advanced Hawkeyefurther strengthens its ability to meet Japan’s evolving security and intelligence needs.’

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