FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd)
Established 15 July 1953 as successor to Nakajima Utsunomiya Manufacturing Division occupies 47.7 ha (117.9 acre) site, including 153,000 m2 (1,646,880 sq ft) floor area; workforce 2,745 in April 2000.
Fuji producing Bell UH-1J: delivered last of 89 AH-1S attack helicopters (serial No. 73492) to JGSDF on 14 December 2000; has been selected to manufacture new T-7 trainer and will be prime contractor for JGSDF AH-64D; also manufactures wings, tailplanes and canopies for Kawasaki T-4; tail units and canopies for Kawasaki OH-1; wings and tail units for Mitsubishi F-2; outer wings, nacelles and tail unit for ShinMaywa US-1A.
Commercial aircraft components produced are spoilers, inboard and outboard ailerons for Boeing 747; outboard flaps for Boeing 757; wing/body fairings and main landing gear doors for Boeing 767 and 777, plus front centre wing box for 777; and complete wing sets for the Hawker Horizon business jet. Company was selected in May 2000 as risk-sharing subcontractor to produce composites fuselages for Bell/Agusta BA609 tiltrotor, with deliveres to start in FY03; named in June 2002 as components source for Airbus A380. Other products include BQM-34AJKai (modified Firebee) and J/AQM-1 target drones and RPH-2 and FFOS unmanned helicopters.
Fuji has participated in such projects as design of the HOPE-X space shuttle and development of an NAL aero-spaceplane. Research continues towards an SST/HST (supersonic/hypersonic transport), including a thermal protection system, heat-resistant structures and composites materials.