The US State Department has approved the pending sale of 17 Boeing/Bell V-22B Osprey tilt rotor aircraft to Japan, as announced on Tuesday 5 May. Tokyo last year said it included the V-22 in its FY15 budget proposal. The estimated cost is 3 billion USD.
The sale also involves 40 AE1107C Rolls Royce Engines, Forward Looking Infra Red Radars, Missile Warning Systems, Radar Warning Receivers, Countermeasure Dispenser Systems and radio plus navigational equipment.
Japan is modernizing its transport fleet to better support its defense and special mission needs. According to the State Department, the proposed sale of V-22B Block C Osprey aircraft will enhance the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities and support amphibious operations.
US Ospreys are currently in use in Nepal, assisting in relief operations after the earthquake that hit the country in April. Japan is now the first export customer for the V-22.
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Featured image: A US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, seen here in Hawaii. (Image © Sgt. Laura Gauna / US Marine Corps)