The U.S. granted approval for the government of Japan to purchase airborne early warning aircraft in a deal valued at more than $1.3 billion as the country seeks to bolster its defense capabilities amid the growing threat from China.
In an announcement Tuesday, the State Dept. approved Japan’s request to buy up to five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft, which is made by Northrop Grumman. The deal, which carries an estimated cost of $1.381 billion, also includes radars, engines, radios, advanced electronic systems, and spare parts. Congress can technically vote to block the sale, although it’s unlikely to do so given the deep ties and mutual defense treaty alliance between the U.S.
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