A CV-22 Osprey aircraft Photo: U.S. Air Force
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Japan to use Ospreys for overseas rescue operations

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Isn't this the same craft that kept crashing?

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Until this article, never knew Japanese citizens had been at the centre of a hostage crisis.

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Not the safest planes out there....

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Isn't this the same craft that kept crashing?

Yes, under command of US Marines. . But under GSDF Osprey is operated in a safer manner. The Osprey is perfect for special ops abroad, and hopefully the tragedy of Algeria where so many innocent Japanese were massacred will be avoided in future. Really smart move by Abe Cabinet.

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Really smart move by Abe Cabinet.

I don't think this sentence has ever been used in the English language, or any language, before. It's no wonder why US allies don't use this airplane. It may be going through the growing pains that all new military equipment goes through but it still hasn't proven itself to be reliable. Saying the US Marines aren't ready to operate it but the JSDF is is beyond comprehension, even for the most enthusiastic j-supporters.

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Overpriced, unreliable white elephant of questionable utility. Abe bought it as part of his "apple polishing" for Trump.

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Overpriced, unreliable white elephant of questionable utility

+1, cost almost as much as a 5th gen fighter, and need more support than helis. Marines might have special missions where it is more appropriate, but rescue?

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What sort of cenario to use these?

Islamic by the way they opt.

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Lets just hope they get a new batch that wont fall out the sky over populated areas!

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Gee i wonder which Japanese official/s took a bribe to sign off on buying these flying junkyards ?

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YuriOtani: Japan to decide to buy them during the Obama era but Japan hasn’t much choice what to buy.

Japan is vassal state.

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They bought them - as someone pointed out already - because Abe wanted to polish Trump's apple - and now some bright spark has come up with a way to use them.

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What is the benefits of using Osprey compared to other aircraft in rescue mission? Is there situations where using Osprey is preferable despite safety issues? Does it carry more passengers? Does it fly longer range? Does it fly faster?

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@socrateos

The Osprsy is superior to a traditional helicopter. Has longer range and greater speed, can carry more than a helicopter,can fly at night better, all important features if you have thousands of small islands to defend/protect.

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The Osprsy is superior to a traditional helicopter.

At 3 times the price, I would hope so and yes it has attack capability etc. But, IMHO, the gripes lies in the bang for bux, particularly what the bang is (rescue), where most other nations uses the Black Hawk UH60.

Osama Bin Laden kill team extraction used Black Hawks, have to wonder...

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Ospreys were deployed from Okinawa to help in the Philipines after the devastating super typhoon of a few years back.

No other aircraft had the speed, power and agility to offer the assistance that those Osprey did. Not much was said about it at the time because I guess positive osprey stories went against the grain.

But it's very expensive initial cost, together with it's overly complicated design making maintenance costs an even further burden, leads to big questions over it's viability in the long term.

Apparently many of the accidents have been put down to improper / inadequate maintenance procedures.

Also it strangely seems that in combat situations it has had very few mishaps at all, adding belief to the idea that "off range" maintenance practices were not up to scratch.

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Nice way to have them and keep the away from Okinawa. Just base them elsewhere.

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"Nice way to have them and keep the away from Okinawa. Just base them elsewhere."

"The Defense Ministry is considering introducing some CV-22s among 17 Ospreys it plans to deploy at Saga airport in southwestern Japan, according to the sources."

Does it look like that's in Okinawa to you?!

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The government will use Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to conduct rescues of Japanese citizens abroad 

Only Japanese citizens?

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Sh1mon M4sada - cost almost as much as a 5th gen fighter, and need more support than helis. Marines might have special missions where it is more appropriate, but rescue?

The CV-22 Osprey can arrive more quickly than a helicopter, has a higher payload, and it can hover. All are very useful skills for rescue work.

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Do you think they will go into North Korea to rescue those who were kidnapped?

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Nasubi:

Do you think they will go into North Korea to rescue those who were kidnapped? Hahaha

Definitely that is an option.

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@Nasubi

Do you think they will go into North Korea to rescue those who were kidnapped?

None of Japanese SDF members who enter North Korea can come out alive.

@socrateos

Definitely that is an option.

No it is not an option.

Anyhow, the V-22 is useless for Japanese use other than trying to land a few dozen troops on the Diaoyu Islands. The V-22 would have been useless in the Algerian hostage situation because Japan lacks any military base in North Africa.

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They bought them - as someone pointed out already - because Abe wanted to polish Trump's apple -

This comment coming right after someone pointed out the fact that the decision to purchase them was made during the Obama administration. I like neither Abe nor Trump, but give credit where credit is due, they were polishing your hero Obama's apple!

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"The V-22 would have been useless in the Algerian hostage situation because Japan lacks any military base in North Africa."

Why would they need military bases in N Africa when they can do this instead?

https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrIRhnz9Zdc4CoA7Np3Bwx.;_ylu=X3oDMTEycDdydjhrBGNvbG8DaXIyBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjcxNDZfMQRzZWMDc2M-?p=osprey+landing+on+hyuga&fr=yhs-avast-securebrowser&hspart=avast&hsimp=yhs-securebrowser#id=6&vid=676519053e85e75142306d44e7fbcf5b&action=view

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Does it look like that's in Okinawa to you?!

Oops! My bad.

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