Sojitz Receives Order from Japan Coast Guard for 3 Units of Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Nov. 24, 2006
Sojitz Corporation has received an order from Japan Coast Guard, which is under the oversight of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, for 3 units of maritime patrol aircraft, which structure is based on that of the Bombardier 'Dash 8 Q300' aircraft, and for spare parts such as engines.
In addition to its speed, freight transport capacity, in-flight comfort and economic efficiency such as operating cost, 33 'Dash 8 Q300s' are already in operation in Japan by airline companies. Further, Sojitz received recognition for the fact that a support system for aircraft operation has already been established. Delivery of the order is scheduled for February 2009.
Dash 8 Q300
The 'Dash 8 Q300' aircraft to be delivered by Sojitz will be used for maritime patrol operations within Japan's EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone). Use of an auxiliary fuel tank for ordinary 'Dash 8 Q300' aircraft will enable the aircraft with a maximum cruising distance of over 3,600 km. The aircraft will also be equipped with various other equipment required for border security. The aircraft will be 25.68 meter-long, with a wing-span of 27.43 meters, will accommodate 24 passengers, and have a maximum take-off weight of approximately 19 tons.