The shinmaywa us-2 is a japanese large stol amphibious aircraft designed for air-sea rescue (sar) work. operated by the japan maritime self-defense force, the us-2 is scheduled to replace the older shin meiwa us-1a in japanese service. it can be used as fire fighter taking 15 tonnes of water.. Get the latest international news and world events from asia, europe, the middle east, and more. see world news photos and videos at abcnews.com. A test missile lifted off from the palmachim air base thursday morning in what the defense ministry said was a scheduled trial. residents in the area of the base, located south of tel aviv, heard.