The US State Department has approved the sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft and associated equipment to France.
The Government of France has requested:
- three (3) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft;
- ten (10) T-56-427A engines (6 installed and 4 spares);
- three (3) AN/APY-9 radar assemblies;
- four (4) AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measure systems (3 installed and 1 spare);
- three (3) AN/AYK-27 Integrated Navigation Channels and Display Systems;
- five (5) Link-16 (MIDS-JTRS) Communications Systems (3 installed and 2 spares);
- ten (10) Embedded GPS/INS (EGI) Devices (6 installed and 4 spares);
- four (4) AN/APX-122(A) and AN/APX-123(A) Identification, Friend or Foe systems (3 installed and 1 spare) and
- one (1) Joint Mission Planning System.
Also included are Common Systems Integration Laboratories with/Test Equipment, one in Melbourne, FL, and the other in France; air and ground crew equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; transportation; training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering, and technical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The total estimated program cost is $2 billion.
“The E-2D aircraft will continue and expand French naval aviation capabilities and maintain interoperability with U.S. naval forces. As a current E-2C operator, France will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces.”
It is important to note that this notice of a potential sale is required by U.S. law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.