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XP-1 Patroller on target for delivery

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By K.K. Chadha

February 21, 2008


Kawasaki Heavy Industries aims to deliver the first XP-1 fixed-wing maritime

patroller to Japan’s defense ministry by the end of this year. The aircraft,

rolled out as P-X, completed a successful hour-long first flight on

September 28 from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Gifu Base.


The XP-1 features the world’s first fly-by-light system with high

electromagnetic interference tolerance and new acoustic and radar systems

with enhanced detection capabilities. Test pilot Akihiro Sekido, who headed

the 11-member crew said, “Both the flight system and the engine worked fine.

It was a perfect flight and went as planned.”


The defense ministry began concurrent development of the XP-1 and C-X

transport aircraft in 2001 to replace the P-3C and C-1 models. Kawasaki is

conducting test flights of the XP-1 at Gifu Works, while the C-X is yet to

fly. Funds for the first four P-1 production aircraft were included in the

annual defense budget revealed earlier this month

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