The Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) will get increased industry support for its fleet of E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft under a new five-year agreement between Northrop Grumman
and AAR Corp. of Illinois and Sumitomo Corp. of Japan.
Under the agreement, Northrop, AAR and Sumitomo will establish a "just-in-time" inventory management process for the Japanese E-2C fleet. The fleet
has been in operation for nearly 30 years. AAR will supply airframe parts and accessories for the E-2C with options to increase support as needed, Northrop
Japan originally acquired the E-2C to provide "over the horizon" surveillance against low flying aircraft, and has evolved the aircraft mission range to include long-range maritime and air surveillance. The nation is the largest E-2C operator, approaching 115,000 accident free flying hours with the aircraft, according to Bart LaGrone, vice president of E-2/C-2 programs at Northrop Grumman