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

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Unread post09 Aug 2020, 11:15

Here is a little more on the matter...
https://www.overtdefense.com/2020/08/06 ... ification/

The Japanese Minister of Defense, Taro Kono, stated on 31 July that the Ministry of Defense was looking into the drafting of a framework agreement for international collaboration for the development of the successor to the F-2 (also known as the F-X or F-3), with the United States and United Kingdom described as potential candidates for collaboration.

During remarks to the media, the minister noted that two main points of contention for the framework agreement would be the guaranteeing of freedom of modification of the resulting aircraft, as well as a means to keep development costs low. Japan will be leading overall development, with the goal of mass-producing the aircraft by fiscal year 2031, in advance of the planned retirement of the F-2 in fiscal 2035.
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More recently, Japan’s bid to become an F-35 development partner following Turkey’s expulsion was rebuffed, ostensibly due to the end of the development phrase on the F-35. Despite this, Japan recently had its $23.11 billion purchase of 63 F-35As and 42 F-35Bs approved, the second largest US Foreign Military Sale to date. Additionally, the Japanese government recently reiterated its commitment to F-35 assembly in Japan, after initial reports late last yearsuggested that it would be reversing its decision to import aircraft from the US instead of local final assembly.

While the Japanese government states that improvements to the assembly process make aircraft assembled at the Nagoya FACO cheaper than aircraft imported, it is impossible to deny the importance of Japanese industrial interests to the decision, particularly gaining experience on assembling and maintaining stealth aircraft. What they didn’t get from the F-35 program, they’re almost certain to try again with F-X, something any prospective partner is likely to keep in mind.
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Unread post10 Aug 2020, 17:42

63 F-35As and 42 F-35Bs

What a nice, balanced force. I predict they're going to so like the aircraft, they'll buy more. Especially if there are delays and budgetary concerns with their F-3 program (and you know there will be). They are absolutely right to split the buy 60/40, especially considering how close they are to Russia, China and let's not forget N. Korea. Too many airfields in danger of being wiped out FAST, and there's a whole lotta real estate there to cover. Given that and other considerations, their carriers with F-35B's certainly make sense..

I hope the Royal Navy and RAF are watching. They don't have the same proximity concerns and do field the F-35B, but the A still has a lot to offer (especially if deployed in support of NATO). Theoretically the B will be based closer to the front lines and capable of still striking deep into enemy territory, but I wonder how "close" to the front anyone fielding the F-35 is willing to get. The USMC? Sure. But if your country only has a small number of F-35's, how close are you going to be willing to base them?

Interesting question IMO...
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Unread post11 Aug 2020, 07:17

mixelflick wrote:63 F-35As and 42 F-35Bs

What a nice, balanced force. I predict they're going to so like the aircraft, they'll buy more. Especially if there are delays and budgetary concerns with their F-3 program (and you know there will be). They are absolutely right to split the buy 60/40, especially considering how close they are to Russia, China and let's not forget N. Korea. Too many airfields in danger of being wiped out FAST, and there's a whole lotta real estate there to cover. Given that and other considerations, their carriers with F-35B's certainly make sense..

I hope the Royal Navy and RAF are watching. They don't have the same proximity concerns and do field the F-35B, but the A still has a lot to offer (especially if deployed in support of NATO). Theoretically the B will be based closer to the front lines and capable of still striking deep into enemy territory, but I wonder how "close" to the front anyone fielding the F-35 is willing to get. The USMC? Sure. But if your country only has a small number of F-35's, how close are you going to be willing to base them?

Interesting question IMO...


Actually, Japan is buying 105 F-35A's and 42 F-35B's. Yet, I agree future orders for the type are likely!

Honestly, they should just scrap the F-15J upgrades and just buy more F-35A's. Especially, with the threat from China.....

The F-35 is very much an "equalizer"..... :twisted:
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Unread post11 Aug 2020, 13:20

Forget China for a minute. Imagine Russia's reaction to Japan with such a large force on its doorstep!
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Unread post12 Aug 2020, 05:11

madrat wrote:Forget China for a minute. Imagine Russia's reaction to Japan with such a large force on its doorstep!


You forget, they have Su35, we're screwed.
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