This is the first Osprey, made for export. flight tests of the machine should begin next week.
The Japanese government has decided to acquire the X-NUMX convertible V-17 Osprey for army aviation in November 22. The total estimated value of the supply was declared in $ 2014 billion.
According to the resource, "Japan-acquired convertoplanes, denoted V-22B Block C, are export analogues of the MV-22B transport assault vehicles supplied by the US Marine Corps."
In 2015, Tokyo approved the purchase of the first five convertaplanes. Their cost was about $ 332 million.
According to the information, V-22V Osprey will be part of a new aviation unit, planned to be based at Saga-Kyushu airfield. Convertible planes are planned to be used primarily for interaction with the separate infantry regiment of the Western Army stationed in Sasebo (in fact, it is a division of the Marine Corps, on the basis of which it is planned to deploy an "Amphibious Rapid Reaction Brigade").