Anyone else wonder why it is the U.S. military gets such harsh treatment in the Japanese media when one of the U.S. military’s Osprey aircraft crashes, like the Osprey MV-22 that crashed on a beach in Okinawa last year the end of December? The reason for the odd question is because Japan ordered an initial five Osprey aircraft which certainly was not made known to the Japanese public in any big way. Japan purchased the first five of up to 17 MV-22 Osprey aircraft. This is potentially a $3 billion dollar deal with Japan. What other country has that kind of money to purchase American-manufactured military hardware? The sale of these aircraft to Japan marks the first international sale of the Osprey tiltrotor aircraft manufactured by Bell Helicopter and Boeing.
The U.S. Navy awarded a “$332.5-million contract modification to Bell Boeing’s multiyear contract.” The contract includes the manufacture, delivery of the aircraft and also support, training and equipment. What will be the reaction of the Japanese media if one of these Osprey aircraft purchased by Japan crashes onto a home in Japan? These aircraft have been plagued with mechanical failures and crashes since they were first brought into the U.S. military inventory. I suppose at some pint the bugs will be worked out of this aircraft making them safer to operate. So far, there have been over 30 fatalities associated with this aircraft.
Source: OSNI News
Japan Finalizes Purchase of 5 MV-22s in First International Osprey Sale
By Megan Eckstein
July 14, 2015
U.S. Marines inspect an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft after landing on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2014. US Navy photo.
Japan finalized the purchase of the first five of up to 17 MV-22 Ospreys, marking the first international sale of the tiltrotor aircraft.
The U.S. Navy awarded a $332.5-million contract modification to Bell Boeing’s multiyear contract, which includes not only manufacture and delivery of the aircraft but also support, training and equipment, according to a Tuesday joint news release from Bell Helicopter and Boeing.
“The versatile V-22 tiltrotor will allow Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force greatly enhanced capabilities, while providing an ideal platform for relief efforts in response to natural disasters,” according to the news release.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a potential $3-billion sale of 17 aircraft on May 5. Further sales are expected to reach Japan’s stated requirement of 17 Ospreys, USNI News understands.
“Japan is modernizing its transport fleet to better support its defense and special mission needs,” according to the DSCA notice.
“The proposed sale of V-22B Block C Osprey aircraft will greatly enhance the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities and support amphibious operations. This sale will promote burden sharing with our ally and interoperability with U.S. forces. Japan will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.”
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