The US Navy is in negotiations with Japan to acquire its retired fleet of MH-53E Sea Dragons, according to reports.
The Navy wants to harvest the old helicopters for parts to help keep its own Sea Dragons flying until 2025, the Virginian-Pilot said in a report.
Japan is the only other country that bought Sea Dragons back when Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation was building the mine-clearing helicopters for the U.S. Navy in the 1980s. But unlike the United States, Japan decided to retire and replace its fleet last decade as the aircraft approached the end of the planned service life.
Navy and Japanese military officials have declined to discuss the potential exchange. The arrangement, however, highlights the difficulty the Navy has faced in the upkeep of its oldest and most maintenance-intensive helicopters as they near their fourth decade in service, the report added.
Australia is interested in buying military submarines from Japan despite having vowed to build them at home. Australia may buy 12 4,000 ton Soryu class stealth diesel engine submarines and would replace six outdated Collin-class boats by 2030
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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
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
Japan announced on November 20 that it would buy US made aircraft and vehicles including V-22 Osprey tiltrotors and RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drones and amphibious vehicles. The purchase is a part of Tokyos evolving strategy in response to the increased Chinese military activity along the countrys south western sea border
Raytheon was awarded a multi-year bulk buy contract totaling over $200 million to provide Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS) upgrade kits, support equipment and hardware spares to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The CIWS is an integral element of Japan's Ship Self-Defense Program
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US Naval Air systems has released a video Thursday of a Marine from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 2 recovers a Blackjack unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in Afghanistan. The small UAS returned from its first early operational deployment Sept
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