23 August 2017

News Story: Ospreys to be tentatively deployed at SDF camp

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government has decided to deploy Osprey aircraft tentatively at a Ground Self-Defense Force camp due to difficulty in stationing them at an airport in the southern Japan prefecture of Saga in fiscal 2019 as planned, a source close to the matter said Monday.

The decision comes as concerns have been growing in Saga over the safety of the tilt-rotor transport aircraft following a fatal crash off the coast of Australia earlier this month.

A fleet of Ospreys is likely to be stationed at a GSDF camp in the Kyushu region, which includes Saga Prefecture, or at its Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, the source said.

Opposition, however, is expected in the envisioned areas to the deployment of the Ospreys, which take off and land like helicopters but cruise like planes.

Read the full story at The Mainichi