Joint Production (US-2, F-2A/B)
US-2 search and rescue amphibian
The US-2 aircraft was developed as a performance upgrade of the US-1A, which is currently operated by the Maritime Self-Defense Force. The upgrade consists of a range of technologies including fuselage design for cabin pressurization, fly-by-wire flight control, new engines, and integrated instrumentation. Kawasaki participated as a key collaborator in the upgrade program, developing the fore- and middle-fuselage sections, the vertical stabilizer, the pressurization doors and hatches, and the center wing.
(Photo by Maritime Self-Defense Force)
F-2A/B support fighters
The F-2A/B support fighter is a product of a joint Japan-U.S. development effort, modified from the F-16 aircraft of Lockheed Martin of the U.S. as the successor to the F-1 support fighter. To meet Japanese operational requirements, a range of technologies have been incorporated in these fighters including those for high maneuverability, a monocoque composite primary structure and active phased array radar system.
In the development program, Kawasaki was responsible for developing the middle fuselage section and the engine access door.
(Photo by Air Self-Defense Force)