P-3C Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Patrol Aircraft

P-3C ASW Patrol Airplane

The ASW patrol aircraft equipped with a full range of antisubmarine systems and advanced information processing capabilities

Between 1978 and 1997, Kawasaki manufactured 98 units of the P-3C to replace the previous model, the P-2J. During the time that it was in production, and even after production ended, Kawasaki continually upgraded the onboard electronic systems and other equipment of the P-3C fleet . Even today, these upgraded aircraft can be found on the front lines of patrol duties. Using the manufacturing expertise thus gained, we subsequently developed and produced units of the EP-3, the UP-3C, and the UP-3D. We also modified P-3C aircraft to an OP-3C configuration.

Specification

Length 35.6m
Wingspan 30.4m
Height 10.3m
Maximum speed 760km/h
Cruising range 7670km

P-2J Patrol Aircraft

The P-2J fleet, the predecessor of the P-3C, was manufactured by Kawasaki between 1965 and 1978, and served the Japan Self-Defense Forces with a total of 610,000 hours of operation. All of the P-2J aircraft were decommissioned without a single report of an accident. While they were in service, we used our sophisticated expertise to help keep the aircraft operational.

EP-3 electronic warfare data acquisition aircraft
(Photo courtesy of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)

OP-3C image data acquisition aircraft
(Photo courtesy of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)

UP-3C equipment test aircraft
(Photo courtesy of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)

UP-3D electronic warfare training support aircraft
(Photo courtesy of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)