ShinMaywa US-2

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US-1A-KAI-Flying boat01.jpg
The second production US-2
Role Air-sea rescue amphibian
Manufacturer ShinMaywa
First flight 18 December 2003
Introduction 30 March 2007
Status in production
Primary user Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
Produced 2003-Present
Number built 4 (3 expected)
Developed from ShinMaywa US-1A
Shin-Meiwa US-2 search and rescue flying boat

The ShinMaywa (formerly Shin Meiwa) US-2 is a Japanese large STOL amphibious aircraft designed for air-sea rescue (SAR) work. The US-2 is scheduled to replace the older ShinMaywa US-1

Design and development[edit]

The aircraft is currently operated by the 31st Fleet Air Wing (71st Air Force, 71st Flight Squadron) at Iwakuni air base and Atsugi air base.

In 2012, the US-2 was introduced to the Indian Navy to enhance its search and rescue capabilities.[1] In May 2013, two sides decided to establish a Joint Working Group to explore the modality for the cooperation.[2]


 India (Yet to start its operation)
  • The Indian Navy is prepared to buy 15 US-2i Amphibious Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft at cost of $1.65 billion. It is expected that these amphibious aircraft will be stationed in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Specifications (US-2)[edit]

Data from ShinMaywa,[3] Air International[4]

General characteristics


  • Maximum speed: 560 km/h (302 knots, 348 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 480 km/h (259 knots, 298 mph)
  • Range: 4,700 km[5] (2,538 nmi, 2,919 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,195 m (23,606 ft)
  • Takeoff distance on ground at MTOW: 490 m (1,608 ft)
  • Landing distance on ground at MTOW: 1,500 m (4,921 ft)
  • Takeoff distance on water at Loaded weigh: 280m (919 ft)
  • Landing distance on water at Loaded weigh: 330m (1,083 ft)

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists



  1. ^ "‘Our focus is to first introduce the US-2 in the Indian Navy’". SP Guide Publications. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ "‘India close to buying Japan-made military aircraft in $1.65 billion deal". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  3. ^ Performance of the State-of-the-Art US-2 ShinMaywa. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  4. ^ Lake 2005, p. 28.
  5. ^ "US-2:STOL Search and Rescue Amphibian". ShinMaywa. Retrieved 27 November 2010.


  • Lake, Jon. "ShinMaywa's Innovative Amphibian". Air International, November 2005, Vol 69 No 5. Stamford, UK:Key Publishing. ISSN 0306-5634. pp. 26–30.

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