Mitsubishi RP-1


Started 1992 as commercially secret in-house research programme; existence revealed April 1994; hover tests began 9 May 1994 and first flight (JA9598) made 14 September that year. Mitsubishi's first own-design helicopter. Experimental engineering test flights completed successfully in March 1995; followed by development of fully indigenous MH2000 (see next entry). Details in 1996-97 Jane's.
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