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Japan to delay procurement of Ospreys

  • September 23, 2018
  • , Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei led with an informal MOD decision to put off the procurement of MSDF Ospreys for the GSDF planned for this fall in view of strong opposition to hosting the tilt-rotor planes in the vicinity of Saga Airport and GSDF Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture. The five MV-22s that Japan had planned to procure this autumn will be kept in the United States for the time being until the conditions for the deployment are met, such as obtaining local consent, which the ministry views as a “top priority.”  

 

Other papers carried similar stories today, noting that Defense Minister Onodera effectively acknowledged the delay by telling the press yesterday: “We have not been informed by the U.S. side of the specific schedule for delivery.”

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