Liberal Democratic Party plans to advise the Self-Defense Forces Land of the Rising Sun to buy South American tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey for the defense of the country, reports The Japan Times May 17, citing a source in the party.
Acquisition of these konvertoplanov Japan would show determination to improve their country’s defenses, including remote islands such as the Senkaku. But the public is concerned about the safety of operation of these devices, when the United States Marine Corps arranged the «Osprey» in the Land of the Rising Sun in the past year.
LDPJ include procurement konvertoplanov question in their own proposals for the defense program that final proposals should be developed by the end of this month.
The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Shinzo Abe), which is considered as a nationalist in the land of the rising sun, so from abroad, plans to establish new guidelines defense strategy by the end of this year amid excessive tensions with China over the Senkaku control over the peninsula.
MV-22 Osprey can sit down and soar like a helicopter and fly like an airplane. 12 of these machines were deployed in Okinawa, despite the protests of local opposition because of a series of accidents these machines abroad and when U.S. Marines began flying on «Ospreyah» at low altitude.
The Ministry of Defense has allocated 8 million yen for 2013 money year for the research question, it is necessary to equip these machines Self-Defense Forces. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (Itsunori Onodera) has expressed willingness to buy «Osprey», taking into account their higher mobility. Also subjected to review the question of raising shred of military expenditure relative to GDP (gross domestic product) to a level close to the United States and Germany.