Lockheed to offer Japan advanced F-22 F-35 hybrid?

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Unread post15 May 2018, 03:32

Japan is not going to fund an F-22/F-35 Hybrid. Hell, they are lucky to be able to afford a modest number of F-35's each year. Which, she must have to counter the current and projected Chinese Threats from the PLAAF and PLAN. (i.e. J-20 and J-31)


As I have said over and over again. The most likely course is Japan will continue to purchase F-35's into the coming decade. While, joining with a future 6th Generation Program in another decade or so. Which, likely would be the F-X (USAF) or NGAD (USN) Programs from the US. Of course we are at the very early conceptual stages. So, we have a very long ways to go.....
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Unread post16 May 2018, 13:02

I wouldn't say that. Japan is extremely wealthy, 3rd largest GDP if I remember correctly. Hard to believe that number 5 (U.K) can order 138 B models but number 3 would be lucky to have 40 cheaper A models.

Right now the F-35s are there to replace the F-4Js. But it won't be long before they start looking at their F-15Js and decide to replace them. Question is, will they buy more F-35s or would this F-22/35 hybrid look like something worth while to look at.
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Unread post16 May 2018, 20:32

This F-22/35 hybrid won't cut it for 6th gen and PCA will be a lot more capable and longer range than what F-22 can do even with ADVENT. How do you fund a F-22/35 hybrid or even restart just basic F-22 production without taking funds away from PCA? You have 3 options.

1. Put money to restart F-22 production, which will take money away from PCA which will delay it
2. Let foreign partners buy F-22 but then you have to completely redesign avionics and technology to allow for export which means even more money
3. Put in a lot more money so you can somehow do F-22 restart and keep PCA on track

Don't see how any of these are good ideas. F-22 is a great plane today but it's not the plane of tomorrow. nuff said
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Unread post16 May 2018, 23:54

zero-one wrote:I wouldn't say that. Japan is extremely wealthy, 3rd largest GDP if I remember correctly. Hard to believe that number 5 (U.K) can order 138 B models but number 3 would be lucky to have 40 cheaper A models.

Right now the F-35s are there to replace the F-4Js. But it won't be long before they start looking at their F-15Js and decide to replace them. Question is, will they buy more F-35s or would this F-22/35 hybrid look like something worth while to look at.


Japan would still have to expand there military budget by 10 billion a year to develop a custom F-22/F-35 hybrid. Both the UK and Japan have similar air forces now and overall similar military budgets, the UK is investing a lot in carriers and smaller surface vessels, they need the F-35's as part of that CV investment. The Japanese navy already has the CV's if they choose (but smaller) and a much larger over all Navy(140 vs 70 commissioned ships) to support on the same budget, with plans to grow just about every part of it. If they want to keep there budget the same then straight F-35s are the only option, if they want to grow that budget by 10-15 billion then a custom fighter becomes a option. At this point there is a lot of opposition from there people in expanding the military budget.
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Unread post17 May 2018, 10:40

zero-one wrote:I wouldn't say that. Japan is extremely wealthy, 3rd largest GDP if I remember correctly. Hard to believe that number 5 (U.K) can order 138 B models but number 3 would be lucky to have 40 cheaper A models.

Right now the F-35s are there to replace the F-4Js. But it won't be long before they start looking at their F-15Js and decide to replace them. Question is, will they buy more F-35s or would this F-22/35 hybrid look like something worth while to look at.



Japan has openly stated that it will order 100 New Stealth Fighters by the end of 2018. So, clearly that has to be the F-35 as it's the only option. Plus, it's already in production in Japan.


As for the F-15J's half of the fleet is early (MSIP). Which, are not easy to upgrade to F-15J Kai standard. So, may guess is Japan will likely announce that it will order additional F-35's this fall. Which, will replace the aforementioned....
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Unread post04 Jun 2018, 16:09

I think Japan and Australia would like more of a YF-23/f-35 hybrid. Both countries are disappointed with the range of the f-35. If the stealth and radar are great, then they would not need an agile fighter. They would prefer it to be bigger, faster and with much longer legs the j-20. A stealth interceptor.
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Unread post04 Jun 2018, 16:39

There is no evidence of that. In fact, the F-35 out-ranges the F-22, ie 740nmi in A2A mode.

In A2G mode, the F-35 out-ranges an F-16 with not only EFTs, but CFTs as well.

While there may be some in the AU/Japan press/gov that is not happy with the F-35, that opinions not shared with the majority.
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Unread post04 Jun 2018, 17:03

p33lmybanana wrote:Both countries are disappointed with the range of the f-35.

Got some reliable sources for that claim of yours?
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Unread post06 Jun 2018, 20:37

botsing wrote:
p33lmybanana wrote:Both countries are disappointed with the range of the f-35.

Got some reliable sources for that claim of yours?



1 Australia: "Another submission from retired Wing Commander Anthony Wilkinson says that in its capacity as a multirole aircraft, the F-35's bomb load is too small and its range is too short to be effective in the South Asia region."

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/02/aust ... commander/

*** So it is to my understanding that Australia wanted a long range interceptor and strike aircraft to replace the F-111. They bought Super Hornets as a stop gap, and they intend for f-35 to fit that role in the long term. And as great as the f-35 is, it might not be best for that role when considering range and payload.

I have heard conflicting data with regards to f-22 vs f-35 range. If both aircraft have the same armament, which has more range? I understand that the general public is not privy to specifics, however, I read that certain aviation engineers and publications have come close to calculating range based on given variables in the past. Thanks!
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Unread post06 Jun 2018, 20:56

So, again with the "F-35 as an F-111 replacement" argument. Seriously?
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Unread post06 Jun 2018, 21:10

I believe the F-35 carries more fuel than the F-22, single engine is typically more efficient than 2. So you can draw what you want from that, but if you want it from the pilots watch this. Go to the 15 min mark.

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Unread post06 Jun 2018, 21:21

p33lmybanana wrote:Another submission from retired ....

One person's opinion does not a national policy make.
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Unread post07 Jun 2018, 17:19

zerion wrote:I believe the F-35 carries more fuel than the F-22, single engine is typically more efficient than 2. So you can draw what you want from that, but if you want it from the pilots watch this. Go to the 15 min mark.




Thanks for the video. So the pilot states that the f-35 has more range than an f-15C with 2 external tanks. That's impressive. I stand corrected and will take his word for it. lol.

I was previously going by what i thought were reputable publications like popular mechanics, national interest and etc. Why were the numbers I've read so far off from what the pilot said? Were the initial figures released just estimates? I definitely will take the pilots word, just wondering what's the best way to research this stuff in the future.

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Unread post07 Jun 2018, 17:53

zerion wrote:I believe the F-35 carries more fuel than the F-22, single engine is typically more efficient than 2. So you can draw what you want from that, but if you want it from the pilots watch this. Go to the 15 min mark.




Thanks for the video. I will take the pilot's word. He stated that the f-35 has more range than an f-15C with 2 external tanks that he has flown. That's impressive.

So almost every source I've read previously stated that the f-35s range was much shorter than the f-22 and f-15. So the Lockheed Martin website has the f-35A range at 1,360 miles. And the Boeing website has the F-15SE at 2,992 miles (they no longer list the C model). The Air Force website has the f-15C/D models at 3,450 miles. Are these of the jet in a clean configuration? I have no idea how much range 2 external tanks add as well. Does that mean that the pilot is stating that f-35A range is greater than 3,500 miles? Does this sound right? If you guys had to give an estimate, what would you say it is?
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Unread post07 Jun 2018, 18:05

I am not sure what source you are looking at, but the F-35's "combat radius" is much more than the F-22's.

The below shows a non-supercruise F-22 A2G combat radius of under 600nmi while an F-35A in the same config can take twice the bombload (2x2k JDAM) to 669nmi and the same bombload (2x1k JDAM) to ~710nmi.

The same chart also shows the F-35A handily beating the F-15E (w/o CFTs?) & F-117.

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