Kawasaki T-4

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T-4
T-4Training aircraft01.jpg
T-4 in MCAS Iwakuni on Friendship Day
Role Intermediate trainer aircraft
Manufacturer Kawasaki
First flight July 29, 1985
Introduction 1988
Produced 4+208

The Kawasaki T-4 is a subsonic intermediate jet trainer aircraft used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. It is currently used by the JASDF's Blue Impulse aerobatic team. The first XT-4 prototype flew on July 29, 1985. The first production aircraft was delivered in 1988.

History[edit]

In November 1981, Kawasaki was selected as main contractor to design and produce an aircraft relating to the MT-X program. This program was launched to replace the Lockheed T-33 and Fuji T-1 jet trainer aircraft in service in the Japan Air Self Defense Force. The initial program planned the build of 220 aircraft and entry into service in 1988.[1]

Variants[edit]

  • XT-4: Prototype. 4 built.
  • T-4: Two-seat intermediate jet trainer aircraft. 208 built.

Operators[edit]

 Japan
Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Specifications (T-4)[edit]

Data from Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

  • Two hardpoints for training bombs, rockets

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actualités du monde aérospatial : Japon" [News of the world aerospace: Japan]. Le moniteur de l'aéronautique (in French) 49: 9. November 1981.