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Dept. of Defense announces $1.3 billion contract with Northrop Grumman

An E-2D Hawkeye from the "Bluetails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Abraham Lincoln is deployed as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) in support of maritime security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th, U.S. 6th and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of operation. With Abraham Lincoln as the flagship, deployed strike group assets include staffs, ships and aircraft of Carrier Strike Group 12 (CSG 12), Destroyer Squadron 2 (DESRON 2), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and Carrier Air Wing 7 (CVW 7); as well as Àlvaro de Bazàn-class frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Singley/Released)

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Military Aircraft Systems was awarded a $1.362 billion modification to a previously awarded contract for the production and delivery of nine E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft for Japan.

About 29% of the work will be performed in St. Augustine. Other areas where work will be done include: Syracuse, New York (16.66%); Melbourne, (10.52%); El Segundo, California (10.44%); Indianapolis (4.76%); Menlo Park, California (3.62%); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (2.55%); Doral (2.54%); Edgewood, New York (1.80%); Aire-sur-l’Adour, France (1.71%); Woodland Hills, California (1.67%); Liverpool, New York (1.58%); Owego, New York (1.42%); Greenlawn, New York (1.21%); Rockford, Illinois (1.12%); various locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (9.21% and 0.13%, respectively).

The new deal cements a previously awarded modification for long-lead parts for the E-2D, the Pentagon said in a press release.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye’s first flight was in 2007 at the St. Augustine facility.

Northrop Grumman announced that it completed its first delivery of an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force on March 29.

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In November 2014, the Japan Ministry of Defense selected the Northrop Grumman E-2D to fulfill an emerging next-generation airborne early warning requirement.

“Northrop Grumman’s longstanding partnership with Japan is beginning a new chapter with the delivery of the first Japan E-2D,” Jane Bishop, vice president and integrated product team leader, manned airborne surveillance programs for Northrop Grumman, said in a release at the time. “This aircraft provides a significant increase in early warning and surveillance capability to outpace Japan’s evolving security needs.”

Japan has operated the Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye since 1983 and is the largest E-2 operator outside the U.S.

According to Northrop Grumman, the E-2D delivers a two-generation leap in radar technology, allowing the aircraft to track threats at extended range. The aircraft can also be used in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacity for civilian emergency coordination. To ensure long-term success of the Japan E-2D fleet, Northrop Grumman is providing continued support to Japan in the areas of sustainment and maintenance, in coordination with several Japanese firms.

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