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.

Joint drills in Kochi, Shiga to get Ospreys

Sep 6, 2013

Joint drills in Kochi, Shiga to get Ospreys

Japan and the United States will conduct joint drills involving the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in two western prefectures next month, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday. In light of complaints about the high concentration of U.S. military bases in Okinawa, Onodera will ask ...

Two more Ospreys arrive at Futenma

Aug 3, 2013

Two more Ospreys arrive at Futenma

The U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa said two more Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft arrived Saturday at the Futenma base from Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Ospreys, part of a batch of 12, were expected to fly out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on Saturday morning, ...

Jun 13, 2013

Ospreys to land on MSDF ship during U.S. drill

The U.S. Marine Corps will land MV-22 Osprey aircraft on the Maritime Self-Defence Force helicoper destroyer Hyuga on Friday at Naval Base San Diego, the first time the U.S. will land the hybrid transports on a Japanese ship, the marines said. The exercise is ...

Japan-U.S. drill to retake remote island kicks off

Jun 12, 2013

Japan-U.S. drill to retake remote island kicks off

The United States and Japan on Monday began a drill in California that simulates retaking remote islands using MV-22 Osprey aircraft for landing exercises, at the request of the U.S. military. It is the first time the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense forces have ...

May 17, 2013

LDP wants Osprey aircraft for SDF to beef up island defense

The Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose that the Self-Defense Forces be equipped with U.S.-built Osprey transport aircraft, party sources said. Introducing the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey would show Japan’s resolve to enhance its defense capabilities, mainly on remote isles such as the Senkaku Islands. ...