Kawasaki Heavy Industries OH-1

Achieving maiden flight on August 6 1996, the Ninja was Japan's first indigenous helicopter to enter serial production, although the MH2000 flew first. The JGSDF OH-X program began to be developed in late 1980s to find a replacement for the OH-6 scout fleet which were also license-built by Kawasaki. After a short test period completed by 4 prototypes XOH-1, the first aircraft were delivered in 1998. With almost 300 OH-6D/J in service at the time, initial plans anticipated orders for almost 150 OH-1 but budget restraints limited production to 2 or 3 aircraft per year. By 2014 only 38 had been delivered with none more in the foreseeable future.


Engine: 2 x Mitsubishi TS1-M-10 890shp
Capacity: 2
Length: (m) 12
Height: (m) 3.8
Blades: 4
Rotor diam.: (m) 11.6
Disc area: (m2) 105
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 2400     Max: 4000
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 220     Max: 278
Range: (km) 540
Ceiling: (m) 4800
Rate/Climb: (m/min)

Derivatives & Versions

XOH-1 1996 Four prototypes with maiden flight on August 6, 1996

List of Operators of Kawasaki Heavy Industries OH-1

From Organisation with model OH-1
japan Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
    38 1998/   

Construction Numbers on database of OH-1 or its versions


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