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US to upgrade Japan's early warning radar aircraft

A US Air Force AWACS plane sits on the tarmac in Osan, 56 kms south of Seoul, on June 12, 2003.The Pentagon notified the US Congress on Thursday of a proposed contract with Japan worth nearly $1 billion to upgrade the country's early warning radar aircraft. The planned $950 million deal would modernize Japan's fleet of four Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) planes, bolstering electronic systems used to identify other aircraft and providing new cryptographic computers, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.