US to delay deploying Ospreys to Yokota base, Japan

The US Department of Defense on Monday announced that it will put off for as much as 3 years a planned deployment of the CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft at the US's Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo.

The deployment will be postponed until fiscal 2020, said the Pentagon, without giving a reason for the delay. The US announced in May, 2015, that it will deploy three units of the transport aircraft, mainly for special operations, at Yokota in the second half of 2017, and seven more by 2021. At a press conference in Tokyo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government was informed about the delay but is still seeking more information.

Source: VOV5