Japan’s new long-range heavy lift military cargo aircraft will be showcased for the first time in an international exhibition in United Arab Emirates next month.
Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the C-2 will fly to the UAE on Nov. 8 to participate in the Dubai Airshow, while later that month, it will present the aircraft to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), the Japan Air Self Defence Force said in a news release.
“A number of nations have shown interest in the C-2 and we want to show off our advanced technology,” Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted as saying by Reuters during regular media briefing.
A C-2 sale would secure Japan its first major overseas arms contract.
The KHI C-2 formally entered service into the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) in March 2016. The JASDF currently operates four C-2s but it is expected to order about 60 aircraft in total to replace its ageing Kawasaki C-1 and Lockheed Martin C-130H transports.
The Japanese government is considering sale of the Air Self-Defense Force's latest transport aircraft, the C-2, to the United Arab Emirates. According to a report by The Nikkei, the government is in discussion with UAE for the purchase of 19 billion yen ($173 million) worth C-2 aircraft, although the specific number of aircraft is not known yet
Japan's Air Self-Defense Force has deployed local-made Kawasaki C-2 military transport aircraft to the Miho airbase in the Tottori Prefecture, located in the Chūgoku region. The Miho airbase has become the first place of deployment of these aircraft, the Kyodo news agency reported today
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