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.
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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