In the aircraft sector, Kawasaki is engaged in a broad range of activities as a manufacturer of both aircraft bodies and engines. At present, the company is manufacturing the Kawasaki-developed MBB K117 helicopter and portions of the latest passenger aircraft, the Boeing 777. Kawasaki is also an important player in the project to develop the Supersonic Transport (SST), a plane that will travel at altitudes of 60,000 to 90,000 feet at a speed of Mach 2.5 and will carry from 200 to 300 passengers. Kawasaki's high-speed transportation technologies also extend beyond the atmosphere of earth in the new quest to utilize space and its resources.
Kawasaki continues to strengthen and expand its capabilities in aircraft engine development and production by manufacturing helicopter engines for Ministry of Defence, and participating in the joint international development and production of turbofan engines for such passenger aircraft as the V2500, the RB211/Trent, the PW4000 and the CF34, and aircraft auxiliary power units (APU).
The Company technological capabilities are also honed through its participation in the research and development of an environment friendly small aircraft engine.
Kawasaki participation in space development began with work for NASDA, currently the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), on the N rocket launch complex, an acoustic test facility, and an experimental geodetic satellite.
Since the 1990s, the Company has been responsible for the development and production of the payload fairings, payload attach fittings (PAF) and the construction of the launch complex for the H-‡U rocket. It continues to provide services for the H-‡UA rocket.