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The Kawasaki C-2 Medium-Range Transport Aircraft: Everything You Need to Know

Japan has built its own multipurpose cargo airplane, the Kawasaki C2, which is on a level with any cutting-edge modern aircraft.

The Kawasaki C-2 Medium-Range Transport Aircraft: Everything You Need to Know

Japan is known for its technological success and has overtaken many countries in terms of progress, but it will soon shine in the development of the aircraft sector. Japan has built its own multipurpose cargo airplane, the Kawasaki C2, which is on a level with any cutting-edge modern aircraft.

The Kawasaki C2 is a Japanese transport plane that succeeded the C1. It is utilized for military activities as well as domestic and international air transport in disaster relief.

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It is developed and constructed in Japan and employs a variety of innovative aircraft systems; deployments by the Japanese air self-defense force began in March 2017.

The C-2 transport plane, which replaced the C-1, is utilized for military operations as well as local and international air transport in disaster relief, international cooperation, and emergency aid circumstances.

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With a larger cargo capacity than the others, it can carry heavier loads and so fulfill a wide range of duties, such as international cooperative operations.

The Kawasaki C2 is a medium-sized military transport aircraft with a twin turbofan engine and a long-range and high speed. It has formally entered service with the Japan Air Self Defense Force, and efforts to sell it to countries such as New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates are ongoing.

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This aircraft entered service in 2016, six years after its first flight in 2010. As of today, the Kawaski firm has manufactured 15 aircraft, with another 22 in the works.

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How did the Kawasaki C-2 program get started?

As a result of analysis of foreign aircraft including the C130J, C17 Globemaster, and Airbus A400M. Defense officials in Japan intend to create their own aircraft. Early expectations for the planned project stated that it would be powered by turbofan engines that have the range to reach Hawaii from Japan and carry twice as much cargo as the C-130. The JDA started developing its requirement for a new military aircraft in 2000.

As the successor to the C-1, the C-2 Transport Aircraft is being developed by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force for airlift missions in international peacekeeping activities, as well as for securing capabilities for fast deployment and response to various circumstances, disasters, and so on.

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With cutting-edge technologies, the C-2 outperforms the C-1 in terms of cruising range, flying speed, and cargo. It also includes a Tactical Flight Control system, Auto-Airdrop system, Self-Protection capabilities, and Air-to-Air Refueling capacity.

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Kawasaki C2 specifications

  • This aircraft can be flown by two flight crews and one loadmaster.
  • It also has a payload capacity of up to 37.6 tonnes and may be utilized for a variety of purposes, as well as features such as field operations systems, truck cranes, pallets, and helicopter sections.
  • This airplane is 43.9 meters in length, 44.4 meters in wingspan, and 14.2 meters in height.
  • The empty weight of the C2 aircraft is 69.000 kg, and the maximum take-off weight is 141,400 kg.
  • Furthermore, this aircraft is powered by two General Electric Engines CF6 turbofan engines capable of producing up to 265 kilograms of thrust.
  • This aircraft can be operated by 2 flight crews and 1 loadmaster.
  • Then it has a payload capacity is up to 37.6 tons and can be used for various purposes, further it has features like Field operations systems, Truck cranes pallets, and Helicopter sections.
  • This aircraft has a length of 43.9 meters and a wingspan of 44.4 meters and a height of 14.2 meters.
  • The C2 aircraft has an Empty weight of 69.000 kg and It has a maximum take-off weight of 141,400 kg.
  • Further, this aircraft is powered by the 2 General Electric Engines CF6 turbofan engines which can produce up to 265-kilo newtons of thrust.
  • This airplane has a top speed of 920 km/hr and a cruise speed of 890 km/hr. It also has a range of 7,600 kilometers and a weight of 20 tonnes.
  • The aircraft has a ferry range of 9800 km and a service ceiling of 43000 ft, and it can take off within 500 meters of the runway.
  • This aircraft can also perform reveres like the C17 Globe Master freight plane.
  • The General Electric CF6-80C2K turbofan engines power the C-2. While the fuselage components of the C-2s are shared with the Kawasaki P-1, the fuselage of the C-2s is significantly larger to enable a huge internal cargo deck with an automated loading/unloading system to reduce burdens on humans and ground equipment.
  • To decrease the obstacles of flying at low altitudes or near rugged terrain, a tactical flight management system and a head-up display are installed. The C-2 has a full glass cockpit, fly-by-wire flight controls, high-precision navigation, and self-protection systems.
  • The C 2 would be costing around 130 million US dollars as per the sources.

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