US-2 connects Sea, Air, and Land

The world's highest performance amphibian aircraft, "US-2", is contributing to rescue and support operations at sea and on 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 (short take-off and landing) search and rescue amphibian by JMSDF of Japan Ministry of Defense. Including its predecessor US-1, our 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. 1Electronic integrated instrument panel

    Digitalized meters are integrated into one LCD panel

  1. 2Pressurized cabin

    For high-altitude flights above low-pressure areas to ease stress on patients

  1. 3 "Fly-by-wire (FBW)" control system

    Computer-controlled flight system enhances safety and flight controllability

  1. 4High-powered engines / propellers using the latest designs
  1. 5Outstanding seaworthiness
  1. 6Takeoff / landing on water at extremely low speeds

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!

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Excellent Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities

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.

It has excellent STOL (short take-off and landing) performance, and does not require a long runway like regular passenger aircraft.

離水約280m 離陸約490m 着水約330m 着陸約1,500m

Further and faster. Rescue operations can be carried out over a wide range.

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.

航続距離 巡航速度 アクセス可能な離島数
航続距離 巡航速度 アクセス可能な離島数
  1. *1Number of islands covered by the 2009 outlying island development measures
  2. *2 Number of islands covered by the outlying island development measures that have a civilian runway of 1,500m or more.