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Japan’s Ninja Helicopters Resume Operations After Four Years
OH-1 Ninja helicopter

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) resumed flight operations of its OH-1 Ninja light observation helicopter fleet resumed on March 1, 2019, after a gap of nearly four years.

The helicopter fleet was grounded following a crash in February 2015 that was attributed to faulty engine parts, according to Scramble Magazine.

The report also stated that Kawasaki is offering to modify the OH-1 into an attack version as a replacement for the aging AH-1S fleet.

The OH-1 is manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the JGSDF; that originally planned to acquire 180-200 helicopters. The helicopter is a successor to the OH-6D helicopter of the JGSDF.

Priority right now is the most certainly re-training pilots and observers at Akeno, the report further stated.

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