A Japanese requirement for four aircraft for airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) is offering the most immediate U.S. export sales opportunity for such equipment, with potential for larger follow-on sales. But while Boeing promotes its 737 AEW&C and Northrop Grumman its E-2D Hawkeye, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) is working in the background at meeting Japan’s long-term requirements with a derivative of the P-1 maritime aircraft. The defense ministry says in its current ...

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