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Japan’s E-2D Hawkeye buy gets closer

3rd June 2015 - 09:11 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Japan’s acquisition of the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft has moved a step closer.

The AEW capability is particularly important in light of China’s robust activity near the disputed Senkaku/Diaouyu Islands.

In April last year, E-2C Hawkeyes of 2 Air Warning Surveillance Squadron began operating from Naha Air Base on Okinawa, a location more closely situated to the disputed island chain.

The E-2D request has been officially announced when the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of the sale on 1 June.

Japan is seeking four E-2D aircraft under a Foreign Military

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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