First Fixed-Wing Patrol Aircraft for Japanese Defense Ministry Delivered

Aug. 29, 2008

First Fixed-Wing Patrol Aircraft for Japanese Defense Ministry Delivered


Tokyo, August 29, 2008 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today delivered the #1 test XP-1 fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft to the Ministry of Defense.

The Ministry began development of the XP-1 along with the C-X transport aircraft in 2001 to replace the current P-3C model. In November 2001, Kawasaki earned prime contractor status to develop these airplanes with other aircraft manufacturers and other participating companies.

The XP-1 employs the world’s first operational fly-by-light (FBL) system with high electromagnetic interference tolerance, as well as new acoustic and radar systems with enhanced detection capabilities. It is also equipped with new engines developed with homegrown technologies. The aircraft boasts a greater flight range capability and superior maximum cruise speed than its predecessors.

Manufactured at Kawasaki’s Gifu Works and rolled out in July 2007, the #1 test aircraft completed its first flight in September 2007 after a series of ground testing. This was followed by in-house flight and other scheduled testing before delivery to the Ministry.

Currently, Kawasaki is conducting in-house flight testing for the #2 test XP-1 aircraft, scheduled for delivery to the Ministry by the end of 2008.