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Japanese Osprey buy moves a step closer

7th May 2015 - 13:39 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress on 5 May that it had cleared a sale of 17 Bell Boeing V-22B Osprey aircraft to Japan. Tokyo has been mulling this procurement for several years after it began investigating Osprey costs in 2012.

The proposed FMS deal is worth approximately US$3 billion. Japan will buy V-22B Block C tiltrotors that will be operated by the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). Japan earlier expressed a desire for deliveries from 2015-19, and it allocated funding for five Ospreys in its FY2015 budget.

The package includes 40 Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines,

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Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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