Fuji T-7

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JASDF Fuji T-7 (cropped).jpg
T-7s in flight
Role Primary/Basic Trainer
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Fuji Heavy Industries
Introduction 2002
Primary user Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Number built 49
Developed from Fuji T-3

The Fuji T-7 (previously T-3 Kai) is a Japanese primary trainer aircraft built by Fuji Heavy Industries for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. A development of Fuji's earlier T-3 trainer, it is a single-engined monoplane powered by a turboprop engine.

Design and development[edit]

The Fuji T-7 was developed to meet a requirement of Japan's Air Self Defence Force for a primary or basic trainer to replace the Fuji T-3. The resultant aircraft was a modified version of the T-3, (itself descended via the Fuji KM-2 from the Beech T-34) and shared the single-engined low-winged monoplane layout of the T-3, but replaced the Lycoming piston engine with an Allison 250 turboprop engine.

The T-7 was selected in preference to the Pilatus PC-7 in 1998,[1] but this decision was cancelled and the competition restarted after a corruption scandal arose, with several managers from Fuji being arrested for bribing an official in Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party.[2] Fuji re-entered the T-7 (then known as the T-3 Kai) and again won the restarted competition in September 2000.

Operational history[edit]

The first production aircraft was handed over to the JASDF in September 2002.[3]



Specifications (T-7)[edit]

Data from "Military Aircraft Directory", Flight International[3]

General characteristics


See also[edit]

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era



  1. ^ Mollet 1998, p.31.
  2. ^ Jeziorski 2000, p.20
  3. ^ a b Ripley 25–31 May 2004, p.57.


  • Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.
  • Jeziorski, Andrzej. "T-3 replacement battle re-opens". Flight International, 28 March – 3 April 2000, p. 20.
  • Mollet, Andrew. "Japan's T-7 decision saves Fuji's day". Flight International, 9–15 September 1998, p. 31.
  • Ripley, Tim. "Military Aircraft Directory". Flight International, 25–31 May 2004, p. 38–73.
  • Sobie, Brendan. "Japan's pilots to start T-7 training early next year". Flight International, 12 August 2003.

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