Fuji T-7

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T-7
T-7.JPEG
A T-7 on display at Hamamatu AB, Japan
Role Primary/Basic Trainer
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries
Introduction 2002
Primary user Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Number built 49
Developed from Fuji T-3

The Fuji T-7 (previously T-3 Kai) is a Japanese primary trainer aircraft built by Fuji Heavy Industries for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. A development of Fuji's earlier T-3 trainer, it is a single-engined monoplane powered by a turboprop engine.

Development and design[edit]

The Fuji T-7 was developed to meet a requirement of Japan's Air Self Defence Force for a primary or basic trainer to replace the Fuji T-3. The resultant aircraft was a modified version of the T-3, (itself descended via the Fuji KM-2 from the Beech T-34) and shared the single-engined low-winged monoplane layout of the T-3, but replaced the Lycoming piston engine with an Allison 250 turboprop engine.

The T-7 was selected in preference to the Pilatus PC-7 in 1998,[1] but this decision was cancelled and the competition restarted after a corruption scandal arose, with several managers from Fuji being arrested for bribing an official in Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party.[2]

Operational history[edit]

Fuji re-entered the T-7 (then known as the T-3 Kai) and again won the restarted competition in September 2000, the first production aircraft being handed over in September 2002.[3]

Operators[edit]

 Japan
  • Japan Air Self-Defense Force
    • Air Training Command: 11th Flying Training Wing (1st and 2nd Squadron), 12th Flying Training Wing
    • Air Development and Test Command: Air Development and Test Wing

Specifications (T-7)[edit]

Data from "Military Aircraft Directory", Flight International[3]

General characteristics

Performance

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mollet 1998, p.31.
  2. ^ Jeziorski 2000, p.20
  3. ^ a b Ripley 25–31 May 2004, p.57.

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