|The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. Photo: Northrop Grumman
[Avionics Today 01-22-2014] The Japanese Ministry of Defense has selected Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to provide Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.
The Japanese government chose the systems under a process known as type selection, which identifies the capabilities and systems to be purchased to meet specific defense requirements. Following selection, the United States government will be asked to enter into the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) process for these items.
Contract terms, timing and quantities of aircraft are yet to be determined and details are not yet available.