Business

November 11, 2015
 

MRJ completes first flight

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Nov. 11 conducted the first flight of the first flight test aircraft for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, their next-generation regional jet.
The MRJ took off from Nagoya Airport and confirmed its basic characteristics and functionality in ascent, descent and turning in airspace off the Pacific coast during its 1.5-hour first flight.
“The MRJ successfully took to the sky today thanks to ongoing cooperation and support from all members involved,” said Hiromichi Morimoto, president, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “We will make our utmost efforts towards type certificate acquisition, committing all our resources to develop and produce the finest regional jet aircraft to enter commercial service in 2017.”
“Operational performance of the MRJ was far better than expected. We had a significantly comfortable flight,” said Pilot Yasumura, who served as captain.
Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI will continue to conduct flight tests for the first delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. The flight tests in the U.S. are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016, from the MRJ base at Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington State.
Going forward, Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI continue to devote their collective resources towards the successful completion of the MRJ project.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines – May 25, 2016

News Senate aims to boost buyout offers to Defense Department employees – The Defense Department could dangle a much larger cash carrot before its employees to induce them to resign or retire, under a budget bill up for Senate voting this week.     Business Report: Western defense industry future imperiled by local programs –...
 
 

News Briefs – May 25, 2016

U.S. says flight over Sea of Japan was safe, lawful The U.S. says an Air Force reconnaissance flight over the Sea of Japan that triggered a Russian protest was conducted safely and according to international law. Russia’s Defense Ministry protested the May 22 flight by the U.S. RC-135, saying it jeopardized air safety. The ministry...
 
 
DOD photograph by Stephanie Dreyer

Carter: Maintaining military superiority requires work, funding, technology, people

DOD photograph by Stephanie Dreyer Defense Secretary Ash Carter addresses service members at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., May 24, 2016. Carter commended them for their work and asked them to help in attract...