SHINMAYWA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
Former Kawanishi Aircraft Company (established 1928); became Shin Meiwa in 1949 and renamed ShinMaywa Industries in June 1992; major overhaul centre for Japanese and US military and commercial aircraft. Principal activities are production and/or upgrading of US-IA for JMSDF, and overhaul work on amphibians. Manufactures external drop tanks for Kawasaki T-4s; tailplanes for Mitsubishi-built SH-60Js; internal cargo handling system for Kawasaki-built CH-47JA; fixed trailing-edges for Boeing 767, under subcontract to Vought; and other components for Boeing 767, under subcontract to Mitsubishi; design and manufacture of wing/body fairings for Boeing 777 (Five sets per month in 2002). Support centre for U-36A (Learjet 36A) and Fairchild aircraft; maintenance and technical support for JASDF U-4 (Gulfstream IV) since 1996.
Continues to study and look for partners to develop Amphibious Air Transport System, which is 30/50-passenger airliner powered by two wing-mounted turbofans with upper surface blowing; range would vary from 500 n miles (926 km; 575 miles) with full payload to 1,200 n miles (2,222 km; 1,381 miles) with full fuel; take-off distance 1,000 m (3,280 ft) on water and 800 m (2,624 ft) on soft ground; cruising speed between 300 and 360 kt (556 and 667 km/h; 345 and 414 mph).