TOKYO Jan 5 The U.S. Navy on Thursday said it
will deploy its latest advanced early warning aircraft to Japan
to bolster air defences, deterring potential missile attacks and
intrusions by stealth aircraft.
The Northrop Grumman Corp E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
deployment is part of a U.S. military pivot to Asia of its most
advanced aircraft and ships to counter China's growing military
The move, although planned before the U.S. election, comes
amid fresh tension between the United States and Japan as
President-elect Donald Trump questions the longstanding
"The Advanced Hawkeye's suite of systems allow it to act as
the 'digital quarterback' of the fleet, collecting and
distributing the tactical picture to command centers and other
assets," the U.S. Navy said in a press release.
The aircraft, designed to operate from aircraft carriers,
will be based at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni in
western Japan. It can act as a networked battle management
platform, guiding other aircraft and ships to fire on incoming
The Navy did not give a specific number, but a squadron
typically includes between 12 and 24 aircraft. The new aircrafts
replace an older version, the E-2s.
U.S. military units in Japan have also been among the first
to receive other advanced equipment, including the Boeing Co's
P-8A Poseidon submarine hunting patrol aircraft and
Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealth fighter.
(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)