AAR Sumisho Aviation Services (ASAS), a joint venture launched by AAR CORP. and Sumitomo Corporation, announced a new agreement with Northrop Grumman for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft parts distribution on Tuesday (Aug. 2). The deal will make the company as the sole distributor for certain parts of the aircraft to the Japan Ministry of Defense’s (JMOD) operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).
“ASAS is enthusiastic about working with Northrop Grumman to bring our OEM Solutions expertise to the Japanese defense industry,” said Frank Landrio, ASAS Chief Executive Officer. “The global capabilities of ASAS and our support of defense-critical missions position us to best service the JMOD.”
Under the five-year agreement, ASAS will provide parts demand forecasting, stock component, and spare parts inventory, and manage logistics to support the program. The relationship between the company and Northrop Grumman, builds on AAR’s and Sumitomo’s long-term relationships with the E-2 program, along with their combined strengths in offering product and service solutions to Japan’s defense sector.
In November 2014, JMOD competitively selected the Northrop Grumman E-2D to fulfill an emerging next-generation airborne early warning requirement. Japan has operated 13 Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeyes since 1983 and is the largest E-2 operator outside the U.S.
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