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:
http://www.fnn-news.com/headlines/CONN00113685.htmlThe 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.