Previously only seen partially in a press shot released by the manufacturer, the initial E-2D for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) was photographed on a test flight from Melbourne, Florida on December 11. The aircraft wears a Japanese serial on the tail but no other markings have been applied.
Northrop Grumman completed the first flight of the initial E-2D for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) on November 13. The Advanced Hawkeye took to the air at the company’s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St Augustine, Florida. The Japan Ministry of Defense selected the E-2D in 2014 to fulfill the nation’s airborne early warning requirements. Northrop Grumman was awarded a $151.3m contract for the first JASDF E-2D in November 2015, with contract completion due in March 2018. A second contract was placed for a single aircraft in August 2016. Northrop Grumman began production in 2016 on the two aircraft so far contracted. The JASDF has also operated a fleet of 13 E-2C aircraft since 1984.