Kawasaki T-4

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T-4Training aircraft01.jpg
T-4 in MCAS Iwakuni on Friendship Day
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. It is currently used by the JASDF's Blue Impulse aerobatic team. The first XT-4 prototype flew on July 29, 1985. The first production aircraft was delivered in 1988.


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 and Fuji T-1 jet trainer aircraft in service in the Japan Air Self Defense Force. The initial program planned the build of 220 aircraft and entry into service in 1988.[1]


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


Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Specifications (T-4)[edit]

Data from Jane's Aircraft Recognition Guide

General characteristics



Two hardpoints for training bombs, rocket pods and external fuel tanks

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ "Actualités du monde aérospatial : Japon" [News of the world aerospace: Japan]. Le moniteur de l'aéronautique (in French) 49: 9. November 1981.