Kawasaki T-4

The Kawasaki T-4 is a subsonic intermediate jet trainer aircraft used by the Japan Air Self Defense Force. The T-4 is currently flown by the JASDF Blue Impulse aerobatic team. The first XT-4 prototype flew on July 29, 1985. The first production aircraft was delivered in 1988.

Kawasaki T-4
Class Aircraft
Type Trainer
Manufacturer Kawasaki Aerospace Company
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1985
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Japan 1988 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Kawasaki Aerospace Company 212 View

    XT-4: Prototype. 4 built.
    T-4: Two-seat intermediate jet trainer aircraft. 208 built.

In November 1981, Kawasaki was selected as main contractor to design and produce an aircraft relating to the MT-X program. This program was launched to replace the Lockheed T-33 and Fuji T-1 jet trainer aircraft in service in the Japan Air Self Defense Force. The initial program planned the build of 220 aircraft and entry into service in 1988.

Role Intermediate trainer aircraft
Manufacturer Kawasaki
First flight July 29, 1985
Introduction 1988
Produced 208

General characteristics

  • Crew: two pilots in tandem
  • Length: 13.0 m (42 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.94 m (32 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Empty weight: 3,790 kg (8,356 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 7,500 kg (16,535 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Ishikawajima-Harima F3-IHI-30 turbofans, 32.56 kN (7,320 lb) each


  • Maximum speed: 1,038 km/h (645 mph)
  • Range: 1,668 km (900 nm)


  • two hardpoints; training bombs, rockets

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