More around 31~34 since five to six cells will be fitted with quad pack ASSMs.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has taken delivery of its first Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft.
“Northrop Grumman’s longstanding partnership with Japan is beginning a new chapter with the delivery of the first Japan E-2D,” says Northrop Grumman’s Jane Bishop.
“This aircraft provides a significant increase in early warning and surveillance capability to outpace Japan’s evolving security needs.”
The aircraft is the first of four aircraft on firm order, and it first flew in November 2017. According to Northrop, it was handed over to JASDF in March.
In September 2018, the possibility of additional orders was raised when the US government cleared Tokyo to obtain nine additional examples.
Japanese E-2Ds have several modifications compared with those operated by the US Navy from its aircraft carriers. Given that Tokyo’s aircraft will operate from land bases, it is modified to carry extra fuel in a “wet wing”, providing endurance of 8h, compared with 5h for the US E-2Ds. Those aircraft rely on air-to-air refuelling to boost endurance.
Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that Tokyo operates 13 E-2Cs and four Boeing E-767s in the AEW&C mission.
Northrop notes that Tokyo has operated the E-2C since 1983, and that it is the world’s second largest operator of the type after the US Navy.
“The E-2D delivers a two-generation leap in radar technology, allowing the aircraft to track threats at extended range,” says Northrop.
“The aircraft can also be used in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacity for civilian emergency coordination. The E-2D offers interoperability with next-generation aircraft systems and U.S. Navy allies to support regional security cooperation.”
made me check what's the time in Tokyo now (I wrongly thought it's eight hours ahead of here, while it's seven)
Tokyo will end its search for the Lockheed Martin F-35A that crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the northeast coast of Japan on 9 April.
Japan's Kyodo news agency has quoted defence minister Takeshi Iwaya as saying that the search will be called off.
The report also quotes an unammed defence source as saying that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will soon recommence flights with the aircraft, which was grounded after the disaster.
Some parts of the lost jet have been recovered, including a heavily damaged portion of the flight data recorder, but the pilot and most of the aircraft are unaccounted for. The US Navy was also involved in the search after the crash.
In a 21 May press conference, Iwaya said that investigators were relying on data received via the aircraft's Multifunction Advanced Data Link as well as land-based radar tracks to analyse the crash.
In the days after the crash, a flurry of media reports had speculated that China and Russia could recover parts of the missing jet, providing valuable intelligence about the F-35.
On 19 April, however, Iwaya and acting secretary of defence Patrick Shanahan expressed confidence that pieces of the lost jet would not find their way into the hands of foreign powers.
Tokyo is destined to be the second largest operator of the F-35 with an eventual fleet of 147 examples.
While most of this fleet will be F-35As, Tokyo will also obtain about 42 examples of the short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) version of the jet. These will operate from the Tokyo's pair of Izumo-class helicopter destroyers, which will be refitted as aircraft carriers.
it sounded to me as if the government had played stupid to achieve its objective, so I used google to find this