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  • ShinMaywa US-2

    This seaplane has impressive STOL capabilities, excellent range and impressive capabilities... especially in search and rescue. Several countries (India, Greece, Indonesia, and Thailand) have expressed interest but so far no exports. Why can such an impressive plane not be popular with other nation?

    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

    Sapere aude.

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    The ShinMaywa US-2 is a Japanese large short takeoff and landing amphibious aircraft developed and manufactured by seaplane specialist ShinMaywa (formerly Shin Meiwa) . It was developed from the earlier Shin Meiwa US-1A seaplane, which was introduced during the 1970s.

    The ShinMaywa US-2 was developed on behalf of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), which was procuring the amphibian to replace its aging US-1A fleet. In Japanese service, it is operated in the air-sea rescue (ASR) role. The US-2 can also be used in other capacities, such as an aerial fire fighter, being capable of taking on 15 tonnes of water for this mission.[1] Various overseas operators have held discussions on potential acquisitions of the type, including the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard; countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Greece have also shown interest in the US-2 for various purposes.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShinMaywa_US-2

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      think it may have something to do with the no-export tilt of Japanese defence companies AB.....im with you, this is a unique asset and one that many countries could use for military/disaster relief duties...

      For instance, imagine a waterbomber type stationed here in Aus this last summer..?

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