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MSDF Chief Admonished for Improper Influence

MSDF Chief Admonished for Improper Influence

The Defence Ministry had to reprimand its Maritime Self-Defence Force Chief, Adm. Tomohisa Takei, for diminishing the procurement procedure of new helicopters. A whistle-blower has reported that the MSDF’s decision to buy nine multipurpose helicopters took an improper change when Takei expressed pressure to rather purchase a large-sized MCH-101 helicopter. It was said that the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

JMSDF signs Performance-based Logistics contract

JMSDF signs Performance-based Logistics contract

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) for Performance-based Logistics (PBL) benefiting from Airbus Helicopters’ new customer fleet availability service offer called HCare. The PBL is a contract method that involves payment of compensation according to the level of equipment performance achieved in terms of availability ratio and stable… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-16

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force receives last two of 15 H135s

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force receives last two of 15 H135s

Airbus Helicopters has successfully handed over the 14th and 15th H135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). This marks the delivery completion of 15 H135s over the last six years. Designated as TH-135 by JMSDF, the 13 units delivered prior have been in operation since 2011. The TH-135 is a variant of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Dec-15

MSDF commissions its biggest helicopter carrier yet

MSDF commissions its biggest helicopter carrier yet

The Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned its largest-ever helicopter carrier Wednesday in Yokohama as officials denied that the massive vessel could be used as a conventional aircraft carrier or represents a prototype for one in the future. See Full Story

Source: The Japan Times, 30-Mar-15

12-Feb-15 8781 MD Helicopters MD500E Ebino, Japan (3F)

Two instructors and one student died on a training accident.  Weather was a factor and cause them to change their planned route after take-off.

12-Feb-15

US Marine Corps and JMSDF improve interoperability

US Marine Corps and JMSDF improve interoperability

“We are so sad that the exercise got cancelled, but it was still good training,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Kazuyuki Morita, senior enlisted of the Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer Ise (DDH-182), a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel. The training mentioned by Morita would have pertained to a United States MV-22 Osprey landing on the JS… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Nov-13

Eurocopter delivers 10th EC135 to Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force

Eurocopter delivers 10th EC135 to Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force

Becker Avionics’ is pleased to announce that Eurocopter Japan recently handed over the 10th EC135 Training Helicopter (TH135, a variant of Eurocopter’s EC135 T2) to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (MSDF), with a Becker Avionics DVCS6100 audio management system installed. The first TH135 was delivered to the MSDF in December 2009, to begin the… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 24-Jun-13

Northrop Grumman Delivers First AQS-24A Airborne Mine-hunting Vehicle for Japan’s AW101s

Northrop Grumman Delivers First AQS-24A Airborne Mine-hunting Vehicle for Japan’s AW101s

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered the first of four AQS-24A airborne mine-hunting vehicles to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for deployment on Japan’s new MCH-101 helicopter platform. “This first delivery is a major milestone in the development of Japan’s airborne mine-hunting capability,” said Tom Jones, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Undersea Systems business… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 21-Jun-13

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Schiebel denies knowledge of Camcopter on Chinese warship

Schiebel denies knowledge of Camcopter on Chinese warship

Austrian unmanned air vehicle manufacturer Schiebel says it has no knowledge of whether its Camcopter system has performed flights from a Chinese warship, despite apparent Japanese evidence of its use.          (See Full Story)

Source: Flight Global, 16-May-13

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Eurocopter delivers 10th EC135 to Japan Maritime Self Defense Force

Eurocopter delivers 10th EC135 to Japan Maritime Self Defense Force

Eurocopter Japan successfully handed over the 10th EC135 Training Helicopter (TH135, a variant of Eurocopter’s EC135 T2) to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (MSDF) yesterday. The first TH135 was delivered in December 2009, to begin the replacement of their single-engine training helicopter fleet. The TH135s have been used by MSDF helicopter pilots since November… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Feb-13

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force awards AW101 contract to SAIC

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force awards AW101 contract to SAIC

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] today announced it has been awarded a contract to provide the Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Aids Library (MEDAL) tactical decision aid in support of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) MCH-101 helicopter Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM).  In addition to providing the MEDAL software system, SAIC will be… Read more »

Source: SAIC, 07-Nov-12

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Japan – UH-60J ditches – six rescued, one fatal

Japan – UH-60J ditches – six rescued, one fatal

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-12

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15-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60J Mutsu Bay, Japan (1F)

Crashed into the water after main blades struck the side of destroyer Matsuyuki. 6 rescued, 1 fatal  – named as 37-year-old captain, Lt. Cmdr. Masahiko Miyanaga.

15-Apr-12

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Japan orders Northrop Grumman’s Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems

Japan orders Northrop Grumman’s Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has purchased four helicopter-mountable, laser mine detection systems to help protect its coastline and the daily maritime traffic coming in and out of the country’s ports. This is the first direct commercial sale of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) to an international navy. “ALMDS will… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 03-Feb-12

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Northrop Grumman’s AQS-24A mine-hunting system for Japan

Northrop Grumman’s AQS-24A mine-hunting system for Japan

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been competitively selected to supply the AQS-24A airborne mine-hunting system to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Under the initial contract, Northrop Grumman’s Undersea Systems business unit will deliver the airborne mine-hunting system to Kawasaki Heavy Industries for integration into Japan’s new Airborne Mine Countermeasures MCH-101 helicopter. “The combination of our proven… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 25-Oct-11

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08-Dec-09 8297 Sikorsky SH-60J off Nagasaki, Japan (2F)

08-Dec-09

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