"The Japanese air force, navy and coastguard have a future requirement for regional aircraft to replace their ageing fleets of NAMC YS-11 turboprops.
Japanese authorities acknowledge there is a need to start replacing the assets, say industry sources involved in the sale of regional aircraft.
'There is some small movement in the ministry of defence to phase out the YS-11s,' says one. 'I don't know when they plan to phase out the YS-11s, but the physical condition of the aircraft will decide it.'
Flightglobal's MiliCAS database says the average age of Japan's YS-11 fleet is 40 years. The air force has 13, the navy 10 and the coastguard three, it adds."
Conspicuous by its absence is Kawasaki's XP-1.....
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What could be wrong with this purpose-built military prototype originally intended for those missions that now, civilian prop and jet designs are being considered for adaption in its stead? Number of engines, propulsion type, or some other aspects in its development?
[Edited 2010-05-26 17:47:00]