Japan announces Global Hawk, Osprey, Hawkeye purchases

5:21:00 AM
TOKYO, -- Japan has announced the selection of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk for its high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requirement and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey for its tilt-rotor requirement.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) also confirmed that it would buy a Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. All three requirements were announced in the fiscal year 2015 budget request.

Northrop Grumman said in a statement that it was "proud that the Japanese Ministry of Defense has selected the RQ-4 Global Hawk as the primary system to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities" and confirmed that the sale would process via the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe views the cockpit of an MV-22B Osprey Hyakuri Air Base during the Japan Air Self Defense Force's Air Review 2014 Oct. 26.



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