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 (SAR) 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
 India (Yet to start its operation)
  • The Indian Navy is prepared to buy between 15 and 18 US-2 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.[3][4]

Specifications (US-2)[edit]

Data from ShinMaywa,[5] Air International[6]

General characteristics

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 560 km/h (302 knots, 348 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 480 km/h (259 knots, 298 mph)
  • Range: 4,700 km[7] (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 weight: 280m (919 ft)
  • Landing distance on water at Loaded weight: 330m (1,083 ft)

See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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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