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Feu vert US à la vente de trois Hawkeye E-2D à la France

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Dans un avis du 6 juillet, la Defense Security Cooperation Agency a annoncé que le Département d'Etat avait donné son feu vert à la vente de trois avions de guet aérien de type Advanced Hawkeye E-2D. Il s'agit de la la version modernisée et ravitaillable en vol.

Cet achat était prévu dans la LPM dans le cadre de la modernisation de la flotte d'avions de guet de l'aéronavale. Le 26 septembre 2019, la ministre des Armées Florence Parly avait officiellement annoncé à l'occasion d'un interview au journal Les Echos que la France allait commander trois Advanced Hawkeye à l'avionneur américain Northrop Grumman,

La vente totale a une valeur de 2 milliards de dollars.


Voici l'avis:
"The Government of France requests to buy three (3) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft, ten (10) T-56-427A engines (6 installed and 4 spares), three (3) AN/APY-9 radar assemblies, four (4) AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measure systems (3 installed and 1 spare), three (3) AN/AYK-27 Integrated Navigation Channels and Display Systems, five (5) Link-16 (MIDS-JTRS) Communications Systems (3 installed and 2 spares), ten (10) Embedded GPS/INS (EGI) Devices (6 installed and 4 spares), four (4) AN/APX-122(A) and AN/APX-123(A) Identification, Friend or Foe systems (3 installed and 1 spare) and one (1) Joint Mission Planning System. Also included are Common Systems Integration Laboratories with/Test Equipment, one in Melbourne, FL, and the other in France; air and ground crew equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; transportation; training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering, and technical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The total estimated program cost is $2 billion.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. The proposed sale will improve France’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing its Naval Air Forces with a sustainable follow on capability to their current, legacy E-2C Hawkeye aircraft. The E-2D aircraft will continue and expand French naval aviation capabilities and maintain interoperability with U.S. naval forces. As a current E-2C operator, France will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor will be Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, FL. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the Purchaser and the prime contractor. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to France. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness resulting from this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded."

Ya Rab Yeshua.

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