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Friday, October 06, 2017, 14:59
Japan to show off military plane, eyes first overseas arms sale
By Reuters
Friday, October 06, 2017, 14:59 By Reuters

This photo taken from the official website of Japan's Ministry of Defense shows the C-2 long-range heavy lift military cargo plane.

TOKYO - Japan's air force said on Friday it will send its new C-2 long-range heavy lift military cargo plane overseas for the first time to show it off to potential buyers in the Middle East and New Zealand. 

A number of nations have shown interest in the C-2 and we want to show off our advanced technology

Itsunori Onodera, Japan's Defence Minister 

Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the C-2 will fly to the United Arab Emirates on Nov 8 to participate in the Dubai Airshow and will be on display in New Zealand from Nov 25 to Dec 1, the Japan Air Self Defence Force said in a news release. 

A C-2 sale would secure Japan its first major overseas arms contract. 

"A number of nations have shown interest in the C-2 and we want to show off our advanced technology," Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told a regular media briefing. 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a decades-old ban on arms exports in 2014 in a bid to lower procurement costs by widening production bases and use military-industrial collaboration to bolster diplomatic ties. 

The C-2 represents a major logistical upgrade on Japan's older C-1 transports. It can lift nearly four times as much and fly six times as far, enough range to reach Afghanistan from Tokyo. 

Development of the C-2 had been delayed for several years while engineers struggled with defects that forced them to redesign sections of the aircraft, including the rear cargo door.  

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This photo taken from the official website of Japan's Ministry of Defense shows the C-2 long-range heavy lift military cargo plane.


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