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U.S. may upgrade Japanese AWACS

Oct. 1, 2013 - 04:30PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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Amid rising tensions between Japan and China over disputed Pacific islands, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress that there may be a $950 million foreign military sales contract to upgrade Japanese airborne warning and control s (AWACS) aircraft.

“The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale of an E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Mission Computing Upgrade (MCU) that includes 4 Electronic Support Measure (ESM) Systems, 8 AN/UPX-40 Next Generation Identify Friend or Foe (NGIFF), 8 AN/APX-119 IFF Transponder, and 4 KIV-77 Cryptographic Computers,” said a DSCA statement. Also included would be spare parts and training.

“This upgrade will allow Japan’s AWACS fleet to be more compatible with the U.S. Air Force AWACS fleet baseline and provide for greater interoperability,” said DSCA, which also noted that “the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”


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