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 is being introduced to the Indian Navy to enhance its search and rescue capabilities with no word yet if they will accept the aircraft.[1] In May 2013, two sides decided to establish a Joint Working Group to explore the modality for the cooperation.[2]


  • The Indian Navy is prepared to buy 15 US-2i Amphibious Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft at cost of $1.65 billion. The deal is expected to be finalized in July 2014 when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Japan after India's general elections. 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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