Japan To Buy V-22 Osprey, E-2D Hawkeye, RQ-4B Global Hawk In 2015

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has announced the selection of Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4B Global Hawk to meet its military modernization requirements. The country has also decided to procure the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey.

The Japanese MOD made the announcements in a series of notices accompanying the release of its fiscal year 2015 budget request. The notices were posted Nov. 21.

Northrop’s E-2D was selected over Boeing’s 737 AEW&C offer for an airborne warning and control platform. The MOD notice said the E-2D rated higher in terms of function and performance, cost and logistics.

The Global Hawk was the preferred platform to meet the country’s high-altitude remotely piloted aircraft requirement, beating the extended-range MQ-9 Guardian aircraft proposed by General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc. The V-22 was the only tiltrotor aircraft considered for Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force.

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