Fri, Jul 06, 2007
Deliveries Due To Begin In Early 2011
In development since 2001, two next-generation aircraft
prototypes for the Japanese military were finally introduced to the
The P-X patrol (above) and C-X cargo aircraft were designed to
extend the range of Japan's military operations and improve its
surveillance capabilities, according to the Associated Press.
The aircraft were showcased at a Kawasaki Heavy Industries
factory, the project's lead contractor.
The jet-powered P-X will replace the propeller-driven P-3C with
the Japanese Navy and the C-X cargo plane will replace the Japanese
air force's C-1, said a Defense Ministry spokeswoman on condition
The company said deliveries of the aircraft should begin next
year with the C-X entering service by March of 2011 and the P-X
The newly developed radar and sonar systems on the P-X are
expected to improve detection capabilities and the C-X will offer
the air force improved fuel efficiency. Both are also expected to
fly faster and farther than what they are replacing.
According to the spokeswoman, the range of the C-X (shown above)
will likely triple that of the C-1, which can go about 930
miles fully loaded.
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