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Friday, May 08, 2015

Abe ramps up Japan's defence capabilities with Osprey military aircraft

CV-22B OspreyTokyo is pushing ahead with a US$3 billion purchase of V-22 Osprey transport aircraft from the US, the latest enhancement in Japan's military capabilities.

Less than a week after Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, returned from a state visit to Washington, the US government has informed Congress that a deal for 17 of the advanced tilt-rotor aircraft is progressing. Japan anticipates being able to deploy the Ospreys from 2019.

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency said the aircraft will "greatly enhance the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force's humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities".

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