The other roll-out

In case anyone missed this while celebrating July 4, Kawaski has formally rolled out its prototype C-X transport and P-X maritime patrol aircraft for the Japan Defence Agency. You can watch a Japanese television news report at this link: C-X looks just like the Kawaski C-1 it is intended to replace, but the P-X is an odd looking bird – like Kawaski has re-interpreted the DC-8, on a smaller scale. It’s hard to tell at first glance, but the two aircraft share common systems and engines.

Together, the C-X and P-X represent Japan’s biggest indigenous development programme in decades, but somehow I think the 787 roll-out will get better coverage.

C-X.gif C-X P-X.gif P-X

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