Lockheed Martin to propose stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F-35

Unread postPosted: 20 Apr 2018, 16:09
by Fox1
Very, very interesting....

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-lockheed-exclusive/exclusive-lockheed-martin-to-propose-stealthy-hybrid-of-f-22-and-f-35-for-japan-sources-idUSKBN1HR0MM

So what would such a hybrid look like? I'd imagine they are looking at taking an F-22 type air frame and engines and pairing that with the more modern and capable F-35 systems. That would certainly make for one helluva fighter capability.

The next question...if the Japanese elect to develop these, what are the chances the U.S. might decide to purchase some of them as well to supplement our own rather paltry fleet of Raptors? With Japan footing the bill for development, it would seem like a great opportunity for the U.S. and other nations to obtain 5th Gen fighters with higher end A2A capability than the F-35 at a reasonable cost.

Re: Lockheed Martin to propose stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F

Unread postPosted: 20 Apr 2018, 16:17
by afjag
DOD and the Administration should deny any technology transfer needed for this program until LM can work out a settlement on paying the repair bill currently in dispute.

Re: Lockheed Martin to propose stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F

Unread postPosted: 20 Apr 2018, 19:18
by citanon
Fox1 wrote:Very, very interesting....

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-lockheed-exclusive/exclusive-lockheed-martin-to-propose-stealthy-hybrid-of-f-22-and-f-35-for-japan-sources-idUSKBN1HR0MM

So what would such a hybrid look like? I'd imagine they are looking at taking an F-22 type air frame and engines and pairing that with the more modern and capable F-35 systems. That would certainly make for one helluva fighter capability.

The next question...if the Japanese elect to develop these, what are the chances the U.S. might decide to purchase some of them as well to supplement our own rather paltry fleet of Raptors? With Japan footing the bill for development, it would seem like a great opportunity for the U.S. and other nations to obtain 5th Gen fighters with higher end A2A capability than the F-35 at a reasonable cost.


Beat you to it :P

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