AAR Sumisho Aviation Services (ASAS), a joint venture launched by AAR CORP and Sumitomo Corporation, has signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft parts distribution. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has been operating the E-2D since March 2019.
Under the five-year agreement, ASAS will be the distributor of certain Northrop Grumman parts to the Japan Ministry of Defense’s (JMOD) E-2D tactical airborne early warning aircraft programme. ASAS will provide parts demand forecasting, stock component and spare parts inventory and manage logistics to support the programme. This relationship, ASAS’ first with Northrop Grumman, builds on AAR’s and Sumitomo’s long-term relationships with the E-2 programme, along with their combined strengths in offering product and service solutions to Japan’s defense sector.