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  • Japan Unviels Two New Birds

    A transport and above all a long range patrol aircraft, both much needed


    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...-kawasaki.html


    New transport and patrol pair from Kawasaki

    By Alan Dron
    Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries has a busy summer ahead of it as it prepares for he first flights of two major new aircraft types.
    With their official roll-outs due next month, minimal publicity has so far surrounded the appearance of the P-X next-generation maritime patrol aircraft and C-X cargo aircraft, which are designed to maximise commonality of structural parts and equipment. First flights are scheduled for late summer.
    The company hopes it will receive the go-ahead from the Japanese government by the end of this year to put the aircraft into production, which would allow deliveries of both types to start in 2011.


    The C-X is a high-wing military transport designed to replace the earlier Kawasaki C-1, which has been in service since 1974.
    The high-wing transport is powered by two CF6-80C2 turbofans, is planned to have a cruise speed of M0.8, a payload of 37.6 tons and a maximum take-off weight of 141.1 tonnes. The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force is believed to want around 40 of the type. Its cargo will be carried in a hold measuring 4m x 4m x 16m.
    Kawasaki is studying a civil variant, which would specialise in oversize cargo.

    The P-X, which will be powered by four new XF-7 turbofans being developed by Ishikawajima Harima, is planned to replace the countryís Maritime Self-Defence Forceís large fleet of P-3C Orions. Around 70 of the new type is anticipated. Given Japanís dependence on foreign trade, maritime patrol has always been accorded a high priority and the distances involved in patrolling Pacific sea lanes have resulted in the P-X design being given four engines for safety.
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