Japan is reportedly early talks with top global helicopter makers and their Japanese partners regarding a deal worth around $2 billion to build transport aircraft for its military that would also be sold overseas, according to Japan Times.
The project, dubbed the UH-X, is meant to replace around 150 of Japan’s aging fleet of troop-carrying Huey helicopters, which date from before the Vietnam War and were designed by Bell Helicopter, a unit of industrial conglomerate Textron, the report said.
Airbus Helicopters, a division of the European aerospace giant, has joined with defence contractor Kawasaki Heavy Industries, while Bell Helicopter is partnered with Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, the two sources said.
AgustaWestland, part of Italy’s Finmeccanica S.p.A., is looking to sell Japan helicopters through Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co., which would be assembled by Fuji Heavy, they said.
The United States will send Japan additional two Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships by 2017, making a total of seven ships owned by the region. The US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement on Monday during a joint press conference with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera after the two leaders met earlier to discuss a range of alliance issues, including the threat posed by North Korea
India and Japan are in talks to finalize a $1.65 billion amphibious aircraft deal from ShinMaywa Industries
Lockheed Martin has delivered the first F-2 aft and leading edge flaps as part of a restoration plan to replenish Japan's F-2 fleet. Eighteen Japanese F-2B fighter aircraft based at Matsushima Air Base were destroyed during a tsunami that hit the nation in March 2011
Japan's Self-Defense Forces will acquire 17 of the U.S Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft over five years from next April, according to Global Post
Japan and India to soon hold talks on the exports of the US-2 Japanese amphibious rescue aircraft, a goverment official was quoted as saying by Kyodo news service. The two countries will have to negotiate details such as training the Indian pilots and allowing licensed production of the aircraft to nurture Indias air industry, the source said
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has announced plans to buy six F-35As next year, and theyre asking for a $1.21 billion budget to do it
A team of Japanese aircraft-makers plan to flight test the countrys first indigenously made stealth fighter aircraft, according to reports. The consortium -- led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries -- is developing a jet that has similar technology to US-made F-35 stealth fighters, with a prototype set for a test run in January, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said
Mitsubishi will not supplying parts to F-35 manufacturing project due to an intra-governmental spat over investment, The Asahi Shimbun reported. Nearly $97 million is required by Mitsubishi Heavy in investment for plant and equipment to meet plans to produce 24 F-35s for Japans Self-Defense Forces and foreign militaries annually
Japan will display a maritime patrol seaplane before the Indian Navy during the ongoing Malabar maritime exercise. The maritime exercise involves Japanese, Indian and US navy off Nagasakis Port Sasebo scheduled from 27 to 30 Jul 14
Japan is set to approve its first arms export following relaxation of its self-imposed ban, a report said on Sunday. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to export a high-performance sensor to the United States, which will use it in the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) missile defense system to be exported to Qatar, the Nikkei business daily said without citing sources
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