As a leading manufacturer of aircraft and aircraft engines, Kawasaki has wide-ranging operations in the knowledge-intensive field of aviation.
Kawasaki also has numerous achievements in the field of space technology, such as the payload fairing for the H-IIA and H-IIB rockets.
Kawasaki has played a major role in the development and manufacturing of various aircraft for Japan's Ministry of Defense, including the T-4 intermediate jet trainer now also used by the Blue Impulse team and the P-3C anti-submarine warfare patrol airplane. Currently, we are also the prime contractor in domestic development of the MOD's next-generation XP-1 maritime patrol airplane and XC-2 transport aircraft.
In the field of commercial aviation, we are also a partner firm in large-scale global development and joint production projects. We manufacture components for the Boeing 767, 777, and 787 planes jointly developed with U.S.-based Boeing, and for the Embraer 170/175 and 190/195 planes jointly developed with Brazil-based Embraer.
We also manufacture helicopters, including Japan's first domestically developed helicopter, the BK117, as well as other large- and small-size helicopters. We not only manufacture the CH-47J/JA and OH-1 observation helicopter for the Japanese Ministry of Defense, but are also the licensed airframe and engine manufacturer for the MCH-101 minesweeping and transport helicopter and CH-101 Antarctic transport support helicopter.
Kawasaki is responsible for the payload fairing, payload attach fittings (PAF), and launch complex for the HII-A rocket, as well as the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) fairing for the H-IIB rocket. We have also been involved in the development of reusable launch vehicles for spacecraft that will handle future space transport, and in space robotics projects such as the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) for the International Space Station, the HOPE-X experimental orbiting plane, and the docking mechanism for the Engineering Test Satellite VII (ETS-VII). Kawasaki also develops stratospheric platforms and is engaged as well with manned space technology, including the development and training of astronauts.