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Kawasaki T-4

 

Based on Kawasaki’s KA-850 project, the T-4 was selected as the JASDF’s new advanced trainer in 1981 to replace the T-33 and Mitsubishi T-1. Kawasaki is the prime contractor, with Fuji and Mitsubishi each taking a 30 per cent share of the pro-gramme. The aircraft is a mid-wing, twin-turbofan design which uses two indigenous IHI XF3-30 engines and is equipped with Stencel ejection seats, a headup display, an air data computer, and five hardpoints for auxiliary fuel and light weapons. Future developments may include a dedicated ground-attack version.


Construction of 32 T.4 advanced trainers had been authorised to 1987, against an eventual JASDF requirement for more than 200 aircraft, and production of the first batch of 12 was under way, with initial deliveries due in 1988. Four XT-4 prototypes, the first of which flew on July 29, 1985, were engaged in an intensive test programme which was to be completed by March 1988.

XT-4
Engine: 2 x IHI XF3-30 turbofan.
Installed thrust: 32.6 kN.
Span: 10 m.
Length: 13 m.
Wing area: 21.6 sq.m
Empty wt: 3700 kg.
MTOW: 7500 kg.
Max speed: M0.9.
Initial ROC: 3000 m / min.
Ceiling: 15,240 m.
T/O run: 549 m.
Ldg run: 670 m.
Fuel internal: 2271 lt.
Range: 1300 km.
Hardpoints: 5.

 


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