Northrop to Bolster Support for Largest International Hawkeye Operator; Bart LaGrone Comments

northrop-Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman, Illinois-based AAR and Japan-based Sumitomo have entered a five-year deal to increase industrial and inventory management support for a Japanese aircraft program.

The companies will provide maintenance services, airframe components and other equipment for the E-2C Hawkeye as well as options to boost support if required, Northrop said Monday.

“Japan is our largest international Hawkeye operator,” said Bart LaGrone, vice president of E-2/C-2 programs at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

LaGrone said the Japan Air Self-Defense Force has used the E-2C fleet without any incident for about 115,000 flight hours and increased demand for the services of the early warning and control system on the aircraft.

JASDF utilizes the Hawkeyes for 360-degree long-range sea, surface and air surveillance.

“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 added.

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