The Kawasaki P-1 resembles a baby DC-8, but is actually a Japanese designed and built maritime patrol aircraft that is operated by the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force.
We are pleased to present a full video report on this amazing aircraft which includes an interview with a P-1 Flight Commander as well as the impressive flight display at the ILA Berlin Airshow.
JetFlix TV founder Henry Tenby spoke at length with P-1 Commander Ken Yasuoka about this amazing aircraft at the ILA Berlin Airshow, and we learn how the P-1 is a modern and efficient replacement of the Lockheed P-3 Orion in the maritime patrol role.
The Kawasaki P-1 first flew in 2007 and went into active service with the JMSDF in 2011 and has demonstrated itself as a proven low-altitude ASW aircraft bringing a number of modern technological advantages to the theatre of maritime patrol.
Specifically, the aircraft boasts four engine reliability, large windows for superior observer visibility, a 12 hour flight endurance, a low noise footprint, and is the world’s first operation aircraft to deploy fly-by-light technology.
The P-1 was purpose designed and built for the low altitude / high endurance role, and is much more suitable for maritime patrol than the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, which is a modified 737 originally designed for high altitude passenger flying.
We would like to thank the Japan Ministry of Defense for their kind assistance in the production of this film.
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