UH-1J is the latest model of the Hueys in Japan, but the gun mounted is equivalent to WW2 style. The UH-1J is a Fuji-produced UH-1H, upgraded with Kawasaki T53-K-703 (1,800 shp) engine, main rotor and transmission used by Bell 212, IR exhaust suppressor, and AH-1S tail rotor.
Fuji Heavy Industries of Japan began license production of the Huey in 1962, producing at least 90 UH-1Bs and 50 UH-1Hs, mostly for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces but also for a few civil operators.
Fuji then went on to develop a unique Japanese variant of the UH-1H, appropriately designated "UH-1J". The UH-1J features an Allison T53-L-703 turboshaft engine with 1,800 horsepower, a vibration-reduction system, infrared countermeasures, and a night-vision-goggle compatible cockpit. First delivery of the UH-1J to the Self-Defense Forces was in 1993, with 78 delivered into 1998.
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