Capabilities in Japan

Northrop Grumman provide support to all the major branches of the JSDF on a range of defense, security and information systems programs.


Key Programs

Northrop Grumman offers an extraordinary portfolio of capabilities and technologies that enable us to deliver innovative systems and solutions for applications that range from undersea to outer space and into cyberspace. Our core competencies are aligned with the current and future needs of our customers and address emerging global security challenges in the following key areas: cyber, logistics, autonomous systems, C4ISR and strike.

E-2C Hawkeye

For more than 50 years, Northrop Grumman has partnered with Japan by providing a range of capabilities and technologies in defense, security and communications. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has owned and operated 13 E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft since 1983.

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

In 2014 the Japan Ministry of Defense selected the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to fulfill the nation's evolving airborne early warning and command and control (AEW&C) requirements. The E-2D is an all-weather, tactical battle management AEW&C aircraft. The aircraft's updated sensor suite and network connectivity provide seamless information flow among aircraft, ships, soldiers, civilians and command authorities to quickly distribute information for more accurate and timely decision-making. In a peacetime environment, the Hawkeye's sophisticated capabilities can play an important role in disaster relief and in the protection of national borders, including anti-smuggling and anti-piracy efforts.

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) operates 13 Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. The JASDF is the largest international Hawkeye customer.

Northrop Grumman also provides major F-35A components and systems to the Japan Ministry of Defense. Our partnerships with Japanese industry focus on radar, communication and navigation and the center fuselage for the F-35A.

The JASDF also operates various Northrop Grumman mission and flight avionics such as radar and electronic warfare, navigation systems and IFF systems on F-4, F-15, F-35, E-767 AWACS and C-130 aircraft.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) operates the Northrop Grumman Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) and AQS-24A mine hunting sonar from the MCH-101 Airborne Mine Countermeasure Helicopter.

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) operates the Northrop Grumman Longbow Radar and APR-39 radar warning receiver on the AH-64D.

RQ-4B Global Hawk

The RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system is a versatile platform capable of carrying multiple payloads and collecting a wide variety of intelligence data while flying for more than 30 hours at altitudes of up to 60,000 feet. The Global Hawk's sensors can capture intelligence information over both land and sea. The Global Hawk aircraft can be equipped with the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) payload adapter to enable the aircraft to carry future sensor payloads.

In 2014 the Japan Ministry of Defense selected the RQ-4B Global Hawk to be an integral part of the nation's ISR assets. The Global Hawk will be an important ISR asset for the Japan Self-Defense Forces within the geopolitical environment of the Asia-Pacific region. Its intelligence-gathering capabilities will also give Japan a greater ability to respond to natural disasters.

MQ-8C Fire Scout

Fire Scout is a combat proven, autonomous helicopter system that provides real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Target-acquisition (ISR&T), laser designation, and battle management to tactical users without relying on manned aircraft or space-based assets. Fire Scout has the ability operate from any air-capable ship or land base in support persistent ISR&T requirements.

The MQ-8C Fire Scout is the Navy's next generation autonomous helicopter. The MQ-8C Fire Scout's airframe is based on the commercial Bell 407, a mature helicopter with more than 1,600 airframes produced and over 4.4 million flight hours. Combined with the maturity of Northrop Grumman's autonomous systems architecture, Fire Scout meets customer requirements for a ship-based and land-based autonomous systems. It also has the ability to autonomously take-off and land on any aviation-capable ship and from prepared and unprepared landing zones. This enhancement significantly increases range and endurance (more than double) and payload capacity (more than triple). The MQ-8C has completed developmental testing and is ready to deploy.

Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)

As the U.S. Army's unified mission command for air and missile defense (AMD), IBCS will provide a single AMD Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) system across diverse platforms such as Patriot, Counter Rocket and Mortar and AMD headquarters elements. To achieve this ambitious goal, IBCS implements an open systems architecture that supports cost-effective integration with existing and future weapon systems.

IBCS provides the AMD commander with a high-confidence single integrated air picture, advanced AMD planning tools, threat evaluation and weapon assignment decision aids, and advanced fire control. All of these elements come together to enable "Every Sensor, Best Shooter" capabilities for the warfighter. This allows the AMD commander to benefit from the greatly increased battle space, conservation of weapon inventories and reduction in mission execution risks provided by IBCS.

IBCS is designed to replace the end-of-life command-and-control systems in a way that maximizes the effectiveness of existing weapons and sensors and allows seamless integration of new AMD capabilities as they become available. IBCS is designed to ensure survival on the modern battlefield against complex cyber and electronic attacks, in effect adding years of extra life to legacy weapons and sensors.

In summary, IBCS integrates diverse weapon systems into a net-centric, IAMD force that counters current and future threats more effectively than the limited, stovepipe connectivity implemented by the current AMD force.