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Japanese UH-2 set for introduction, while RQ-4Bs take flight

29th June 2021 - 04:58 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Japan has completed development of the UH-2 utility helicopter for the JGSDF. (Subaru Corporation)

The second Global Hawk for Japan has flown, while production is under way of the UH-2 utility helicopter.

New helicopters for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) have moved a step closer to reality now that the development of the UH-2 utility platform has been declared complete.

The Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) made this announcement on 24 June, and this will allow the introduction to service of the twin-engine UH-2 (formerly known as the UH-X programme).

The UH-X’s maiden flight occurred in December 2018, and since 6 March 2019 the Japanese MoD had been testing the helicopter. The type represents a collaboration between Subaru Corporation (formerly Fuji Heavy Industries) and Bell, and the helicopter will replace …

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