Northrop Grumman partners with AAR and Sumitomo to expand support for E-2C Hawkeye

TOKYO, 8 Jan. 2014. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) entered into an exclusive, five-year agreement with AAR Corp. of Illinois and Sumitomo Corp. of Japan that is designed to expand industrial support for the E-2C Hawkeye program by establishing a "just-in-time" inventory management process.

Navy chooses fiber optic aircraft test and measurement equipment from Clear Align
Navy chooses fiber optic aircraft test and measurement equipment from Clear Align

TOKYO, 8 Jan. 2014. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) entered into an exclusive, five-year agreement with AAR Corp. of Illinois and Sumitomo Corp. of Japan that is designed to expand industrial support for the E-2C Hawkeye program by establishing a "just-in-time" inventory management process.

"Japan is our largest international Hawkeye operator," explains Bart LaGrone, vice president, E-2/C-2 programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "The Japan Air Self Defense Force [JASDF] has achieved an incredible operational stature with its E-2C fleet, approaching 115,000 accident-free flight hours. The demand for E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning and control is even greater now than when the systems were first delivered to JASDF in 1984.

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"Northrop Grumman will continue to provide E-2C support to JASDF and other E-2C operators as the U.S. Navy begins its transition to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in fiscal year 2015," LaGrone adds.

Key industrial partners providing support to JASDF's E-2C Hawkeye fleet include: Toshiba Corporation and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

The AAR agreement supplies airframe parts and accessories for the E-2C with options to increase that support as needed, helping to maintain the Hawkeye fleet’s high operational rates.

Japan initially acquired E-2C aircraft to provide "over the horizon" early warning against low-flying aircraft. The mission has evolved over time to include long-range sea and air surveillance. The E-2 Hawkeye provides continuous and simultaneous 360-degree surface and air surveillance, at maximum range.

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