Kawasaki P-1

Kawasaki P-1 5508 JMSDF
Kawasaki P-1 5508 JMSDF at the Paris Air Show 2017

The Kawasaki P-1 is a maritime patrol aircraft equipped with four engines, developed and manufactured by the Japanese Kawasaki Aerospace Company. The P-1 is a totally new aircraft that was developed and manufactured domestically, including the airframe, the engines and the patrol systems. With its latest technologies, the P-1 flies faster and has a greater range and useful load than the P-3C Orion.

By August 2017, 13 P-1s had been delivered to the JMSDF, with 60 or more aircraft needed to replace Japan’s P-3C fleet; production will rise to about five annually.

Developing nation: Japan.
Manufacturer/designer: Kawasaki Aerospace Company
Type aircraft: maritime patrol aircraft
First flight: 28 September 2007
Produced: 2007 –
Primary user: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

General characteristics

  • Crew: Flight: 3 Mission: 8
  • Length: 38.0 m (124 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 35.4 m (114 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 12.1 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 79,700 kg (176,000 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × IHI Corporation F7 turbofan, 13,500 lbs (60 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 996 km/h (538 knots, 619 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 833 km/h (450 knots, 516 mph)
  • Range: 8,000 km in unarmed configuration (4,320 nm, 4,970 mi)
  • Combat radius: 2,500 km in armed configuration (1,350 nm, 1555 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 44,200 ft (13,520 m)

Armament

  • Hardpoint: 8 wing stations in total (2x on each wing and 2x on each wing root) and eight internal bomb bay stations
  • Bombs: 9,000+ kg (20,000+ lb)
  • Missiles: AGM-84 Harpoon, ASM-1C, AGM-65 Maverick
  • Sonobuoys: 30+ Pre-loaded, 70+ Deployable from inside
  • Other: MK-46 and Type 97 and new (G-RX5) torpedoes, mines, depth charges

Avionics

  • Radar: Toshiba, Active Electronically Scanned Array radar system
  • Sonar: NEC, multi-static sound navigation system sound
  • Anti-submarine systems:SHINKO ELECTRIC CO.LTD., Advanced combat direction system
  • Other: Mitsubishi, Electronic countermeasures (CMD, RWR, MWS, ESM)

Pictures Rob Vogelaar