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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1988
Maiden Flight: 29 July 1985
Total Production: 180
Also Known As: T-4 Blue Impulse
Origin: Japan
Corporations: Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI)* and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: T-4
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1988
Maiden Flight: 29 July 1985
Total Production: 180
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Description: The Kawasaki T-4 is an intermediate and advanced trainer similar to the European Alpha Jet designed to provide fighter aircraft training. The T-4 was developed by Kawasaki to meet the requirements of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) for a T-1 and T-33 training aircraft replacement in the 1980s. The first prototype flew on July 29, 1985. The JASDF took delivery of the first production T-4 aircraft in 1988. The JASDF requirement called for the production of approximately180-200 T-4s by 2000. Fuji and Mitsubishi were also involved in the airframe manufacturing.

The tandem twin-seat T-4 training aircraft is powered by two Ishikawajima-Harima (IHI) F3-IHI-30 turbofan engines each rated at 3,680-lb of thrust. The T-4 can achieve a top speed of 1,038 kph and has a maximum range of 1,200 kilometers or 1,600 kilometers with two droppable fuel tanks. The aircraft was designed to carry weaponry using underwing pylons. In addition to the training role, the T-4 can be serve as liaison aircraft. The JASDF also provided the T-4 to its aerobatic display team called the Blue Impulse.

T-4 Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Wing Area: 21 square meter (226 square foot)
Height: 4.60 meter (15.1 foot)
Length: 13 meter (43 foot)
Wingspan: 9.94 meter (32.6 foot)
Ceiling: 50,000 foot (15,240 meter)
Max Range: 1,667 kilometer (900 nautical mile)
Climb Rate: 10,240 fpm (52 mps)
Cruise Speed: 797 kph (431 KTAS)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 1,038 kph (561 KTAS)
Top Speed at Sea Level: 1,038 kph (0.87 mach)
Empty Weight: 3,790 kilogram (8,355 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 7,360 pound (3,338 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 7,500 kilogram (16,534 pound)
Payload: 2,000 kilogram (4,409 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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