On May 8, 2020, two V-22 Osprey convertible aircraft of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) first arrived on Japanese soil . A civilian transport ship unloaded the two aircrafts, rotors and wings folded, on a pier near the Iwakuni military base. This arrival on Japanese soil takes place almost three years after the delivery of the first aircraft to the JGSDF. But until now, Japanese political and administrative difficulties had forced the aircraft to remain stationed on American soil.
As the first and for the moment the only export customer of the Osprey, Japan should fully exploit the potential of its V-22 in the years to come. Implemented by the land force, the Osprey are expected to support the deployment of the new Japanese amphibious brigade. Created in 2018 on the model of the US Marines Corps, this elite unit will have for primary mission to defend Japanese islands and islets.
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