By Land, Sea, or Air US-2The world's best short takeoff and landing (STOL) amphibian US-2 will come to the rescue at sea and remote islands.
Amphibian Aircraft with a Proven Track Record
An “amphibian aircraft” is one that can land on either land or water. US-2 is operated as STOL Search and Rescue Amphibian by JMSDF of Japan's Ministry of Defense. Including its predecessor US-1, our STOL amphibians have been dispatched over 1,000 times to rescue victims of maritime accidents.
Technological features / equipment
In addition to better cruising performance, the US-2 features numerous improvements over its predecessor US-1 for safe operations even during inclement weather.
1. Electronic integrated instrument panel
Digitalized meters are integrated into one LCD panel
2. Pressurized cabin
For high-altitude flights above low-pressure areas to ease stress on patients
3. "Fly-by-wire (FBW)" control system
Computer-controlled flight system enhances safety and flight controllability
4. High-powered engines / propellers using the latest designs
5. Outstanding seaworthiness
6. Takeoff / landing on water at extremely low speeds
Amphibians' Advantages over Other Forms of Transport
Unrivaled water surface takeoff and landing capability
Land on water with waves 1/3 of its own height.
Land on rough seas with wave height of 3m. Saving lives under harsh conditions!
Excellent Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities
Excellent Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities enable the US-2 to take off and land in much shorter distances - both on land and on water.
The US-2 requires only one-fourth of the distance that commercial airliners require for takeoff and landing. An additional advantage is that, as an amphibian aircraft, the US-2 does not require runway construction.
Farther - Faster - Wider Ranging
The improvements to the engines and the introduction of a pressurized cabin increased speed and extended operational range over the previous US-1A model. These improvements make possible rescue capability for an even wider operational area.
- Number of islands covered by the 2009 Outlying Island Development Measures
- Number of islands covered by the Outlying Island Development Measures that have a civilian runway of 1,500m or more.