Japan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that US Forces Japan (USFJ) will deploy five Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey special mission tiltrotor aircraft to Yokota Air Base on 1 October as part of plans to station a total of 10 such platforms at the base by 2024.
The MoD said on 22 August that it had recently been briefed by the USFJ about the plans, with the move set to mark the first official deployment of this Osprey variant to Japan. The US military already operates 24 MV-22B Ospreys from US Marine Corps (USMC) Futenma Air Station in Okinawa.
The deployment of the first CV-22s was initially scheduled to take place in October 2019 or later, but the USFJ announced in April that it had decided to move the deployment forward by more than a year to “address regional security concerns” and “rapidly react to natural disasters or crises”.
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