Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kawasaki XC-2's Maiden Flight




A prototype of the Air Self-Defense Force's next-generation transport aircraft performed its first test flight Tuesday in Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, more than two years behind schedule due to structural integrity problems.Code-named XC2, the two-engine jet is being developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

KHI started work on the plane in 2001 as part of a ¥340 billion government project.The project also covers costs to develop the Maritime Self-Defense Force's next-generation antisubmarine patrol plane, which shares many parts with the XC2.The plane is 44 meters long, or 15 meters longer than the current ASDF C-1 transport jet.

1 comments:

No offense, but doesn't XC2 look a bit too insanely like a mini-C17?

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