The security alliance between Japan and the United States has been a cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region for generations.
Playing a part in that alliance, and working in partnership with local businesses, Lockheed Martin delivers cutting-edge technologies and innovations to support the future prosperity of Japan and its communities.
The F-35 Lightning II program provides 5th generation fighter aircraft capability which will significantly enhance Japan’s ability to maintain air superiority for homeland and remote island defense. With the Final Assembly and Checkout Facility (FACO) in Nagoya now complete, Japan’s F-35 aircraft are being assembled and delivered in Japan. The program seeks to contribute to the growth of Japan’s aerospace industry by providing jobs, economic activity and more potential for innovation and introduction of new technologies.
Commercial as well as military helicopters are provided by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (三菱重工) in partnership for the last 65 years. Meanwhile, the Aegis combat system has provided advanced sea, air and undersea threat detection capabilities to Japan’s Kongo- and Atago-class ships for the last 25 years, while integrated missile defense systems offer a layered defense capability.
Working with our Japanese partners, we are committed to partnering with industry to shape best-value solutions that deliver low-risk, proven capability with high levels of local content, technology transfer and workshare.
Our commitment to the region extends to the wider community to help develop the talent pipeline and encourage the engineers, innovators and scientists of tomorrow. Besides our sponsorship of national rocketry competitions across Japan to encourage and celebrate student participation in rocket science, Lockheed Martin’s Girls’ Rocketry Challenge aims to strengthen Japan’s workforce of tomorrow by inspiring more women to become engineers, innovators and scientists.
Products and Capabilities for Japan
F-35 Lightning II
The F-35 Lightning II is designed and built to counter the most advanced airborne and ground-based threats.
Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, Mitsubishi Corp., and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have served the rotorcraft needs of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and commercial operators uninterrupted since 1953. Continuous production, partnership and cooperation enable MHI and Sikorsky to achieve engineering, manufacturing and quality excellence to meet Japan’s defense and security challenges.
More than 550 military helicopters have been produced for the Japan Self-Defense Forces under manufacturing license agreements with Sikorsky.
Today’s operational aircraft include the UH-60J, UH-60JA and SH-60J/K fleets — based on Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk and Sea Hawk® helicopter family. Sikorsky also exported the MH-53E Sea Dragon to Japan in the 1990’s. Retired aircraft include the S-55 (utility), S-58 (transport), and the S-62 and S-61 (multi-role).
The SH-60J/K helicopter is operated for anti-submarine patrol; the UH-60J for search and rescue; and the UH-60JA variant for utility missions. 三菱重工 manufactures and maintains H-60 helicopters under a comprehensive Licensing Agreement with Sikorsky. 三菱重工 configures and maintains each variant for the Self-Defense Forces.
H-60 helicopters are renowned in Japan for saving lives. When the Kinugawa River burst its banks in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, following 2015’s Typhoon Etau, H-60 aircraft hoisted dozens of Japanese residents to safety trapped on rooftops and balconies by fast-rising floodwaters. A year earlier, H-60 aircraft quickly transported rescuers to Japan’s second highest volcano, Mount Ontake, which had erupted suddenly, endangering the lives of hikers on the ash-covered slope.
Armed Black Hawk
The aircraft that’s made for any mission just got even more versatile.
For security and battlefield support, the Black Hawk helicopter can now be outfitted with an advanced weapon system. This technology suite enables accurate rotorcraft gunnery by providing the pilot an integrated solution in our recently qualified weapons system. Fully integrated with the aircraft’s existing avionics, the system allows either pilot to place munitions quickly from forward firing guns, rocket pods and laser-designated air-to-ground missile launchers onto static or moving targets with high accuracy.
In short, it simplifies the complex task of placing rounds onto a target from standoff distances by calculating the complex ballistics required for effective airborne gunnery.
When set up with an armed kit, a Black Hawk’s external stores can support a total of four weapons stations. Fully integrated with the aircraft flight controls, the weapon system can calculate the range and the complex ballistics required for the gun rounds or rockets to hit the target on the first attempt.
The installable armed kit is designed to boost any Black Hawk’s combat capabilities, at half the cost per flight hour compared to a dedicated heavy attack helicopter.
Aegis provides four of Japan’s Kongo-class destroyers and two Atago-class destroyers with advanced sea, air and undersea threat detection capabilities.
We’re proud to partner with 三菱重工 to assemble Japan’s PAC-3 missiles at 三菱重工’s facility in Japan under a licensed production agreement.
Produced through a partnership with Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Tokyo, Japan uses the P-3 Orion as a tactical aircraft for coastline monitoring, reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare.
About Lockheed Martin’s STEM Education Program in Japan
Lockheed Martin sees education as a crucial investment for both business and society, and will continue working closely with our partners to enhance the collaboration between industry and educators to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in Japan.
Lockheed Martin provides sponsorship to the biannual National Model Rocketry Competitions as well as the Rocket Koshien, which feeds into the International Rocketry Challenge. It also provides three educational awards for the best female team at each of these events.
The Girls’ Rocketry Challenge, which launched in October 2016, aims to encourage female students to explore their curiosity in the STEM field, utilising model rocketry for a hands-on approach to scientific experimentation and practical application of theoretical knowledge outside of the classroom. The Girls’ Rocketry Challenge has expanded its reach from the Kanto region of Japan in the first cycle, to now include schools nationwide.
The program is run in partnership with the Japan Association of Rocketry, a non-profit organization that sets the industry standard for model rocketry in Japan with the support of Leave a Nest, a science education company that also runs workshops on model rocketry. In 2018, the program also welcomed Chiba Institute of Technology as a supporter, enabling GRC participants to receive further guidance in their learning journey in rocket science.
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