Nov 17, 2014

Saga governor willing to accept Osprey deployment

The central government’s plan to station Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at Saga Airport poses no problem for the local commercial airstrip, Gov. Yasushi Furukawa said Monday. The Defense Ministry has notified the Saga Prefectural Government, which runs the airport, that the deployment of Self-Defense Forces ...

Oct 6, 2014

Government stresses safety in Osprey Saga deployment

Senior Vice Defense Minister Akira Sato on Monday told Saga Gov. Yasushi Furukawa that steps will be taken to ensure the safety of Osprey military transport aircraft when the tilt-rotor model is deployed at a commercial airport in the prefecture. The Self-Defense Forces plan ...

SDF plans Osprey deployment in Saga in 2015

Jul 20, 2014

SDF plans Osprey deployment in Saga in 2015

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Sunday the Self-Defense Forces plans to deploy Osprey transport aircraft at Saga airport when it begins introducing the U.S. tilt-rotor plane in fiscal 2015. In his first public mention of an expected deployment site for SDF-operated Osprey aircraft, Onodera ...

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Jul 11, 2014

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday the ministry would request funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the fiscal 2015 state budget. The government’s medium-term defense program, compiled in December, includes plans to acquire 17 of the aircraft for the Ground ...

Osprey drills get nod in Gunma

Jun 20, 2014

Osprey drills get nod in Gunma

The municipal assembly in Shinto, Gunma Prefecture, has approved holding military exercises involving the MV-22 Ospreys flown by the U.S. Marine Corps. The municipality is home to the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Somagahara training range. The resolution, passed Thursday, says Shinto will accept joint drills ...