Japanese P-1s to visit RIAT, Djibouti in first overseas trip

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James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
06 July 2015

Japan will send its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) overseas for the first time later this month to conduct operational trials in Djibouti and take part in the UK's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

Japan is sending two P-1s to the UK to take part in the 2015 Royal International Air Tattoo. (JMSDF)

Two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) P-1s will leave Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Kanagawa Prefecture on 10 July and appear at RIAT at RAF Fairford from 17-19 July, the Japanese Ministry of Defense said on 7 July. A Japanese MoD official told IHS Jane's that one aircraft will be on static display and the other will fly at the airshow.

It is not the first time Japanese military aircraft have been to RIAT: KC-767 tanker transports visited in 2012 and 2014, although these were only part of the static display.

Japanese P-1s to visit RIAT, Djibouti in first overseas trip - IHS Jane's 360