The US State Department has approved the possible sale of 17 Bell-Boeing V-22B to Japan.
The sale is intended to enhance the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities.
The version of the Osprey outlined in the notification is the MV-22B Block C operated by the US Marine Corps. .
Japa announced the selection of the V-22 in November 2014.
The platforms are due to equip a new JGSDF amphibious unit made up of two expeditionary divisions and two brigades. janes