Aerospace Systems Company
Japan's Leading Aerospace Manufacturer
Recognized as a leading Japanese manufacturer of aircraft and aircraft engines, Kawasaki is engaged in a wide-ranging of operations in the knowledge-intensive aviation sector. The company also contributes to a proven track record of delivery in space technology products, including the payload fairing for the H-IIA and H-IIB rockets.
We take advantage of technological expertise accumulated over the course of 100 -years in manufacturing and repair operations, as well as in developing new models of aircraft.
Kawasaki has played a major role in the development and manufacture of various aircraft for the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD), including the T-4 intermediate jet trainer used by the Blue Impulse aerobatic team and the P-3C fixed-wing Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft. Today, Kawasaki is the prime contractor for the development and production of the JMOD's P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and the C-2 transport.
In the commercial aviation sector, Kawasaki participates in various international joint development and production programs as a partner company. For the Boeing Company of the United States, Kawasaki is involved in the manufacture of jointly-developed components for the Boeing 767, 777, and 787, as well as in the joint development project of the Boeing 777X.With Brazilian-based Embraer S.A., Kawasaki shares in the manufacture of the Embraer 170/175 and 190/195, which the two companies co-developed.
Based on long-accumulated expertise with helicopter manufacturing technologies, Kawasaki is developing a variety of helicopters, both large and compact.
Kawasaki manufactures an impressive lineup of helicopters, large and compact, including the BK117, Japan’s first domestically-developed rotorcraft. For the Japan Ministry of Defense, we produce the CH-471J/JA transport helicopter and the OH-1 observation helicopter, and under a licensed production agreement, we manufacture the airframe and engines for the MCH-101 minesweeping and transport helicopter and the CH-101 Antarctic transport support helicopter.
Kawasaki continues to play a significant role in space exploration, with a special focus on experimentation and the development of new technologies for the future.
Kawasaki has long been participating in the H-IIA/H-IIB rocket projects, being responsible for the development of H -IIA’s payload fairings and payload attachment fittings (PAF), and the design and construction of t he launch complex. For the H-IIB’s H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV, a space station supply vehicle), we are developing and manufacturing the fairings. With regard to the H3 next-generation launch vehicle , we are designing and producing its payload fairings.
We have also participated in a project to develop reusable space transport vehicles, and space robotics projects for the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) on the International Space Station, the HOPE-X experimental orbiting plane, and the docking mechanism for the Engineering Test Satellite VII (ETS-VII). We are also actively involved in manned space technology initiatives, investing resources in developing a stratospheric platform, and in the training of astronauts and related endeavors.
The start of Kawasaki’s jet engine business datesback to 1954, when we launched an overhaul business for jet engines. Since then, we have greatly developed our business in the aircraft engine sector,as marked by the domestic production of helicopter engines and participation in the international joint development of jet engines for commercial aircraft.