P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea

P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea August 3, 2019

Japan Ministry of Self Defence has begun deploying the P1 patrol aircraft nationwide to monitor waters around Japan in response to incursions by China and other nations. P1s have been so far only been operating at the Maritime Self-Defence Force's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture. But from July 26, they began being deployed at the MSDF’s Kanoya base in Kagoshima Prefecture. The P1 aircraft is produced domestically in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, and is the successor aircraft to the P3C, made by Lockheed Martin Corp. The ministry also plans to deploy P1s at MSDF bases in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, and Naha, Okinawa Prefecture.


The aircraft is designed to carry out surveillance of unidentified ships and anti-submarine warfare. Currently, 22 P1’s are in operation. The platform comes with a flight control system that is protected against electronic warfare. The ministry plans to increase the number of P1s to about 70.

P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea

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