ShinMaywa US-2

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US-2
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ShinMaywa 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.

The Indian Navy is prepared to buy between 15 and 18 US-2 Amphibious Search and Rescue aircraft at cost of $1.65 billion. It is expected that these amphibious aircraft will be stationed in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.[1][2]

Operators[edit]

 Japan

Specifications (US-2)[edit]

Data from ShinMaywa[3][4][5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 11
  • Capacity: 20 passengers or 12 stretchers
  • Length: 33.46 m (109 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 33.15 m (108 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 9.8 m (32 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 135.8 m2 (1,462 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 25,630 kg (56,504 lb)
  • Gross weight: 43,000 kg (94,799 lb) water take-off
  • Max takeoff weight: 47,700 kg (105,160 lb) land take-off
  • Powerplant: 4 × Rolls-Royce AE 2100J turboprop, 3,424 kW (4,592 hp) each
  • Powerplant: 1 × LHTEC T800 turboshaft Boundary layer control compressor, 1,017 kW (1,364 hp)
  • Propellers: 6-bladed Dowty R414

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 560 km/h (348 mph; 302 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 480 km/h (298 mph; 259 kn) at 6,000 m (20,000 ft)
  • Range: 4,700 km (2,920 mi; 2,538 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,195 m (23,606 ft)
  • Takeoff distance on ground at MTOW: 490 m (1,610 ft)
  • Landing distance on ground at MTOW: 1,500 m (4,900 ft)
  • Takeoff distance on water at Loaded weight: 280 m (920 ft)
  • Landing distance on water at Loaded weight: 330 m (1,080 ft)

See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "For First Time Since World War 2, Japan Will Sell Military Equipment. To India.". NDTV.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ CHANDRA, ATUL (4 Sep 2014). "India looks to acquire 18 ShinMaywa US-2 amphibians". http://www.flightglobal.com/. Bangalore: Reed Business Information. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Performance of the State-of-the-Art US-2:US-2 Specifications". www.shinmaywa.co.jpl. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Lake, Jon (November 2005). "ShinMaywa's Innovative Amphibian". Air International (Stamford: Key Publishing) 69 (5): 26–30. ISSN 0306-5634. 
  5. ^ "US-2:STOL Search and Rescue Amphibian" (PDF). www.shinmaywa.co.jp. ShinMaywa. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

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