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Air Systems Research Center


The Air Systems Research Center conducts research, test and evaluation on aircraft, related components and missiles.

Aircraft Research Division

Research on system integration of aircraft and component technology for aircraft, aircraft-related equipment and missiles.

Engine Research Division

Research on system integration of engine and component technology for aircraft and missiles.

Missile Research Division

Research on system integration of missiles and component technology for missiles.

Tsuchiura Branch

Environmental test and combustion test of rocket motors.

Niijima Branch

Service for firing test of missiles.


Full-Scale Strength Tests of the Next-Generation Cargo Aircraft (XC-2)

The full-scale static and fatigue strength tests of the XC-2, developed mainly as a replacement for the C-1 cargo aircraft of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, are conducted.

Engine Tests of the XF5-1 for Advanced Technical Demonstrator Aircraft

The XF5-1 is an afterburning turbofan engine, achieving top level thrust-to-weight ratio, compared with the world trend. And the engine is planned to be applied to the Advanced Technical Demonstrator Aircraft. The engine tests are conducted with the aim of realizing the first flight of the aircraft.

Research on the Integrated Fire Control for Fighters

For the purpose of implementing counter capability against stealthy and/or numerous enemy force, the research on the integrated fire control for fighters is conducted. Onboard sensors and weapons in a fighter’s formation are controlled by an integrated fire control system. Critical technologies for realizing the system are ‘In-Formation Secured Data Link’, ‘Passive Tracking’, ‘Trajectory Data Fusion’ and ‘Sensor/Shooter Resource Management’.

Research on the Aerodynamics in and around Weapon-Bay

To establish the weapon bay system for future fighter aircraft, this project investigates the complex flow field in and around weapon-bay by both wind tunnel testing and numerical analysis, and aims to comprehend the stores release characteristics in such a flow field.

Research on the Core Engine Components for Next-Generation Engine

In order to realize a high-power and slim Next-Generation Engine for future fighter aircraft, the research on the core engine components (combustor, high-pressure turbine and compressor), with relation to aero-thermodynamic, structure and material technologies aiming at high-temperature, high-pressure and lightweight, is in progress.

Research on the Crashworthiness Structure

The crashworthiness structure provides helicopters with crash-load attenuation and preservation of occupied space, in case there is an unexpected crash down. This technology would improve survivability of crews.

Research on the Turbo-Shaft Engine

In order to realize a small, light weight and high-power turbo-shaft engine, the XTS2 turbo-shaft engine is designed by remodeling to current TS1 which is used in the OH-1 observation helicopter of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. A series of tests is conducted to confirm the function and the performance of the XTS2.

Research on the Optical Seeker Dome for Higher Speed Anti-Air Missile

In order to deal with various emerging threats such as stealthy aircraft and super sonic missiles, we research new technologies on the Optical Seeker Dome for higher-speed and longer-range Anti- Air Missile.

Research on the RF Imaging Guidance Technology

The research on the RF imaging guidance technology with sophisticated signal processing technique is conducted to achieve much higher resolution, and to enable detection and tracking of stationary low RCS targets such as future stealthy vessels and ground targets, which are hard to detect and track with conventional RF seeker technology.

Research on the Direct Filament Winding Multi-Segment Propellant Rocket Motor

The research on the direct filament winding multi-segment propellant rocket motor is conducted for the purpose of improving the flight performance of guided missile by the increase of mass ratio and the realization of flexible multi-thrust patterns with low production cost.

Test Records: Next-Generation Maritime Patrol Aircraft (XP-1)

The test program of the XP-1, developed as a replacement for the P-3C maritime patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, was completed. [Test Period: FY2006-2012]

Test Records: Unmanned Aerial Research System

The test program of the Unmanned Aerial Research System, developed to study effective reconnaissance UAV operations for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, was completed. [Test Period: FY2008-2011]

Test Records: Launching Test of Missiles

In order to evaluate the system performance, many launching tests of missiles were conducted in the domestic or foreign missile ranges such as Niijima Range, Point Mugu Sea Range (USA), White Sands Missile Range (USA) and so on.