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Japan eyes $950 million upgrade to E-767 fleet

Japan has requested information about a possible $950 million upgrade for its four Boeing E-767 airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft.

In a disclosure on its web site, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) says Japan’s mission computing upgrade (MCU) upgrade for its E-767s would include four electronic support measure systems, eight AN/UPX-40 Next Generation Identify Friend or Foe (NGIFF), eight Raytheon AN/APX-119 identification friend or foe (IFF) transponders, and four Raytheon KIV-77 cryptographic computers.

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems will be the prime contractor for the programme, which would be conducted under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) mechanism, it adds.

“Also included are design and kit production, support and test equipment, provisioning, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and technical support, installation and checkout, and other related elements of program support,” says the DSCA.

Aside from upgrading Japan’s AEW&C capabilities, the ugprade will also allow the E-767s better interoperability with US forces.