Sailors prepare to launch an E-2D Hawkeye off the USS Ronald Reagan Photo: Navy Office of Information/AFP/File
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U.S. approves possible sale of early-warning planes to Japan

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The U.S. State Department said Monday it is ready to approve the sale of up to nine early-warning military planes to Japan, in a sale worth more than $3 billion.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, made by Northrop Grumman, are equipped with powerful radars that can detect other planes and ships at long range.

Worth an estimated $3.1 billion, the deal would also include associated technology and spare engines.

Congress has 30 days to raise objections to the sale, though this is unlikely given that Japan is a close U.S. ally.

"It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability," the State Department said.

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After a year of natural disasters, and hundred of deaths, the japanese government is once again wasting billions on military equipment it doesn't need.

I almost wish I could opt out of paying taxes at this point.

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That's $3 billion that should have been spent on new ships and missiles and building out Japans native defense industry.

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Trade deficit talk, anyone?

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@Bintaro

the japanese government is once again wasting billions on military equipment it doesn't need.

Japan needs its weapons. Recall that there are three countries wishing to settle the score with Japan next door.

@Matt Hartwell

That's $3 billion that should have been spent on new ships and missiles and building out Japans native defense industry.

Fighting blind doesn't win you the war. A balanced warfighter has good sights, good hearing, good communication, good weapons, and most importantly good food.

E-2D serves as the eyes of the JASDF. Without them JASDF would be fighting near-sighted and that would be the recipe for disaster.

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It would be better if the US sold E-3B aircraft to Japan.

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