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Japan delays Osprey introduction due to local resistance

5th December 2018 - 10:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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The Japanese MoD is delaying delivery of its first MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors because of opposition from local citizenry where the aircraft were supposed to be based.

Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya admitted in mid-November that there will be a delay in their arrival. ‘It’s true that we are seeing a delay in the entire schedule. We’ll try to realise the delivery as soon as possible.’

The MoD has earmarked Saga Airport in Nagasaki, southwest Japan, as home of the Osprey fleet. In August the Saga prefectural government approved the deployment provided that the central government pay JPY10 billion ($88 million) over

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