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Japanese firm hardsells search and rescue aircraft

Japanese firm ShinMaywa Industries is eyeing the Indian Navy for the sale of its amphibious search and rescue aircraft, US-2.

Published: 25th September 2013 08:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th September 2013 08:14 AM   |  A+A-

By Anil S

Japanese firm ShinMaywa Industries is eyeing the Indian Navy for the sale of its amphibious search and rescue aircraft, US-2.

At Namexpo-2013 here, Kanji Ishimaru, who heads ShinMaywa’s aircraft division, told Express that they were awaiting the Request For Proposal from the Navy.  Ishimaru said they have been working out various options, including possible joint ventures, subcontracting and formulating consortium, to deal with the mandatory 30 per cent offset. “Matters related to pricing, repair, maintenance and overhaul can be worked out only after the request is issued. Being an amphibious aircraft which can be used for search and rescue, disaster management and relief operations, the ShinMaywa US-2 will be a force multiplier for the Indian Navy,” he said.

The aircraft, with its amphibious nature, can give access to isolated islands without a runway, pointed out Yasuo Kawanishi, general manager, aircraft division, ShinMaywa.

Access to much further places, high speed and ultra-low speed flight by the boundary layer control system are some key features.

During his recent visit to Japan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had made a decision along with his Japanese counterpart “on setting up a joint working group to explore modality for cooperation on the US-2 amphibian aircraft”.

It was in 2011 that the Request For Information was sought, said Ishimaru.

“Once the request is issued, we will get only three months to sort out matters, including the final pricing, how many aircraft would be required and so on. Currently, ShinMaywa delivers US-2 to the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) at $100 million. However pricing for the Indian version could be finalised based on the final requirements only,” Ishimaru said.

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