US-2 amphibian.

The Yomiuri Shimbun says Japan’s Ministry of Defense is looking into adapting Japan’s latest generation of indigenous military planes for commercial use. The XC-2 transportXP-1 maritime patrol aircraft, and US-2 amphibian plane would have their military systems stripped out and sold to commercial airlines and governments. The XC-2 would become a civilian heavy lifter, the P-1 a passenger aircraft, and US-2 a search and rescue or firefighting plane.

Japan’s production runs of military equipment are often so small that they don’t benefit from economies of scale. This would be a step towards realizing some savings based on larger production runs.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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