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Japan: 9 aircraft from the United States to reduce the trade deficit

The objective is to avoid duties on automobile exports

Japan has decided to buy 9 Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (Airborne Early Warning System, AEWS) aircraft. An agreement that will be worth about 3.12 billion dollars that will serve to reduce the trade deficit that the United States has with Japan, following the line dictated and advocated by President Donald Trump who has repeatedly invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to sign military agreements, to reduce the US liabilities amounting to about 66 billion dollars in order to avoid new duties on exports of Japanese cars. But Tokyo also needs new means to increase the defensive capabilities of its armed forces, and early warning aircraft will serve to intensify the monitoring of airspace near the Ryukyu Islands. The purchase will be part of the approximately $ 500 million allocated in the 2019-2023 budget for the purchase of two E-2D and components for the remaining seven, which will be delivered and paid for later.

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