Bell Boeing delivered the first V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu in Japan on Friday. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military.
Japan’s V-22 has a unique configuration with a customer-specific communication system. The marinized design resists corrosion and reduces the cost of long-term maintenance. JGSDF service members have been training with U.S. Marines for the last month to gain aircraft proficiency before delivery of their first V-22.
Japan joins the United States Marines, Navy, and Air Force in operating the V-22. These aircraft support transportation of personnel, supplies, and equipment; humanitarian support and search and rescue missions; long-range personnel recovery.