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 ...

Apr 11, 2014

Marines won't leave Futenma till new base built: Wissler

The top commander of U.S. military forces stationed in Okinawa on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the Marine Corps leaving a contentious air base before a replacement facility is operational. “The answer is no,” Lt. Gen. John Wissler told an event in Washington ...

Dec 2, 2013

Osprey displayed at air show at ASDF base

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft was displayed at an air show Sunday at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Miyazaki Prefecture. It is the first time the controversial military aircraft was exhibited to the public at a Self-Defense Forces base. ...

Ospreys show value in flying typhoon aid

Nov 22, 2013

Ospreys show value in flying typhoon aid

by Eric Talmadge

The U.S. Marines’ newest and in some quarters most controversial transport airplane is showing the world what it’s got — for the sake of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and perhaps its own future. The MV-22 Osprey, which can tilt its rotors to fly ...

U.S. denies report it plans to send Ospreys to hunt Ugandan warlord

Oct 30, 2013

U.S. denies report it plans to send Ospreys to hunt Ugandan warlord

U.S. officials denied Tuesday there is a plan to base Osprey aircraft in Uganda to scale up the mission to catch the brutal African warlord Joseph Kony. The Washington Post reported the Pentagon has asked for permission to temporarily base sophisticated CV-22 Ospreys, which ...

Sep 30, 2013

Spreading worries about Osprey

The government has not given a convincing reason why the U.S. Marine Corps will train with Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in Shiga and Kochi prefectures in October.