Northrop Grumman Completes First Flight of Japan’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

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Northrop Grumman Completes First Flight of Japan’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully completed the first flight of Japan’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) at the company’s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Florida.
     
NorthropGrummanCompletesFirstFlightJapan’s First E-2D prepares to take flight at the Northrop Grumman Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Florida.
     
“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,” said Jane Bishop, vice president, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programs, Northrop Grumman. “The augmentation of the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) current Hawkeye fleet with the E-2D AHE further strengthens its ability to meet Japan’s evolving security and intelligence needs.”

The Japan Ministry of Defense competitively selected the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in 2014 to fulfill the nation's airborne early warning requirements. Northrop Grumman began production in 2016 on two aircraft now in the final production phase.

As the largest Hawkeye operator outside of the U.S. Navy, JASDF also has 13 E-2C aircraft operating since 1983.
 

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