Kawasaki T-4

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T-4
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Kawasaki T-4 landing at Hamamatsu (2010)
Role Intermediate trainer aircraft
Manufacturer Kawasaki
First flight July 29, 1985
Introduction 1988
Produced +208

The Kawasaki T-4 is a subsonic intermediate jet trainer aircraft used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. In addition to training duties it is used by the JASDF's Blue Impulse aerobatic team.[1] 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[2] and Fuji T-1 jet trainer aircraft in service in the Japan Air Self Defense Force.[3] The initial program planned a run of 220 aircraft and entry into service in 1988.[4]

Fighter units of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force are equipped with T-4s as trainer/liaison aircraft.

In January 2016 after North Korea claimed to have exploded a hydrogen bomb, four T-4 aircraft (from Misawa, Hyakuri, Komatsu and Tsuiki) along with a C-130H from Komaki, were used to test for radioactive particles. The flights were done for around 14 days.[5][6][7][8][9] The flights didn't detect any radioactive particles.[10]

Variants[edit]

  • XT-4: Prototype. 4 built.
  • T-4: Two-seat intermediate jet trainer aircraft. 208 built.[11]

Operators[edit]

T-4 at Chitose Air Base (2013)
 Japan

Former operators[edit]

 Japan

Accidents[edit]

  • Aircraft 16-5654 was written off on March 12, 1991.[12]
  • Aircraft 06-5653 crashed off Hokkaido on July 1, 1991 with one fatality.[13][14]
  • Blue Impulse aircraft 46-5727 and 46-5720 were both destroyed on July 4, 2000.[15][16][17] Three crew were killed.[18]
  • Blue Impulse aircraft 46-5731 and 46-5745 collided during a January 29, 2014 training flight near Matsushima. Both aircraft safely returned to base.[19][20]

Specifications (T-4)[edit]

Data from Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide

General characteristics

Performance

Armament
Two hardpoints for external fuel tanks

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blue Impulse aerobatic team aerobaticteams.net Retrieved February 4, 2017
  2. ^ T-4 Intermediate Trainer Kawasaki Heavy industries Retrieved February 4, 2017
  3. ^ Kawasaki T-4 Basic and advanced trainer Military-Today Retrieved February 4, 2017
  4. ^ "Actualités du monde aérospatial : Japon" [News of the world aerospace: Japan]. Le moniteur de l'aéronautique (in French). 49: 9. November 1981. 
  5. ^ Japan deploys planes to collect radioactive material after North Korean nuclear test January 6, 2016 Japan Times Retrieved February 4, 2017
  6. ^ Cenciotti, David (September 6, 2017). "These Aircraft Sampled Air For Radioactive Particles To Determine If North Korea Actually Detonated A Hydrogen Bomb". theaviatonist.com. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ Lake, Jon (September 22, 2017). "Japan prepares for North Korean Bomb". asianmilitaryreview.com. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "JASDF deployed C-130, T-4s to take air samples to test for radioactive particles". alert5.com. January 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ "空自、引き続きT4練習機を派遣 C130輸送機も 放射性物質収集". Sankei Shimbun. November 19, 2017.  (in Japanese)
  10. ^ "JASDF aircraft failed to detect radioactive materials in air samples". alert5.com. January 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ Kawasaki T-4 Subsonic Intermediate Jet Trainer Military Factory Retrieved February 8, 2017
  12. ^ Aircraft accident 12-Mar-1991 T-4 06-5653 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  13. ^ Aircraft accident 01-Jul-1991 T-4 06-5653 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  14. ^ Japan Ejection History Retrieved February 5, 2017
  15. ^ Aircraft accident 04-Jul-2000 T-4 46-5727 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  16. ^ Aircraft accident 04-Jul-2000 T-4 46-5720 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  17. ^ Blue Impulse planes missing July 5, 2000 Japan Times Retrieved February 5, 2017
  18. ^ ASDF base resumes aerobatics training after crash-prompted hiatus March 13, 2001 Japan Times Retrieved February 5, 2017
  19. ^ Aircraft accident 29-Jan-2014 T-4 46-5731 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017
  20. ^ Aircraft accident 29-Jan-2014 T-4 46-5745 Aviation Safety Network Retrieved February 5, 2017