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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Kawasaki Heavy Industries, has released new H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter (BK117 D-3), which was jointly developed with Airbus Helicopters. The Central Helicopter Service which operates 10 BK117 helicopters for EMS, disaster prevention operations and VIP transportations in Japan, will be the first customer to useH145//BK117 D-3 in Asia, the company said in a statement Wednesday
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