JASDF may be in the market for more F-35s

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Unread post08 Dec 2017, 10:58

Friday, 1 December 2017:
Temporary F-35A Squadron, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Ceremony for create Temporary F-35A Squadron, at Misawa AB.
JASDF will equip 42 F-35A.

Fiscal year 2017, Misawa AB equips first F-35A.
Fiscal year 2018, first F-35A squadron.

Fiscal year 2020, second F-35A squadron.
F-2 squadron(s) move from Misawa AB to Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Misawa AB adding F-35A training and related facilities.

http://flyteam.jp/news/article/87790
http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/adc/topics/to ... -1204.html
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Unread post10 Dec 2017, 10:12

Defense Ministry seeks funds for cruise missiles
09 Dec 2017 The Yomiuri Shimbun

"The Defense Ministry requested on Friday additional funds in the fiscal 2018 budget for introducing long-range cruise missiles that would be loaded onto Self-Defense Forces aircraft. If another country occupied a remote Japanese island or launched a similar invasion, the ministry would aim to attack from outside the weapons range of the enemy forces by extending the range of the SDF’s missiles. The cruise missiles would be used to enable the SDF to retake territory.

The ministry requested the additional funds for two purposes. The first — for ¥2.16 billion — is to purchase joint strike missiles (JSMs), which have a range of about 500 kilometers....

...JSMs loaded onto F-35 fighters would be used to attack targets on the ground or warships. The ministry would aim to begin deploying the missiles in fiscal 2021....

...“[The introduction of the new types of missiles] would not run counter to the exclusively defense-oriented policy,” [Defense Minister Itsunori] Onodera said."

Source: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004117987
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Unread post10 Dec 2017, 23:55

That's an interesting revelation about the JSM. That represents a significantly more capable missile than most spec sheets allude to (i.e. >100nm). The ability to carry a missile internally with a range of ~300 miles, is pretty potent capability.
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Unread post07 Jan 2018, 03:53

Nearly half of Japan's defense priorities underfunded
06 Jan 2018 NIKKEI Asian Review

"...Of the 23 major procurement items identified in Japan's current five-year defense program, only 13 were fully funded as of the fiscal 2018 draft budget. These include two destroyers fitted with the Aegis missile interceptor system and 28 F-35A stealth fighters...."

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Unread post21 Jan 2018, 08:24

ASDF to deploy F-35 at Misawa base in late January
20 Jan 2018 NHKworld

"Japan's Air Self-Defense Force says it will deploy an F-35 stealth fighter later this month at its Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan. It is the first of 42 F-35s to be delivered to the country....

...Each aircraft costs about 135 million dollars. The Defense Ministry plans to deploy 9 more F-35s at Misawa by the end of fiscal 2018 that starts in April.

The ministry says it will fit the jets with the Norwegian-made Joint Strike Missile, or JSM, long-range cruise missile.
With a range of 500 kilometers, the missile will enable Japan to target enemy bases from within Japanese airspace...."

Source: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180120_12/

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Unread post21 Jan 2018, 09:38

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ASDF to deploy F-35 at Misawa base in late January
20 Jan 2018 NHKworld

"Japan's Air Self-Defense Force says it will deploy an F-35 stealth fighter later this month at its Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan. .... The Defense Ministry plans to deploy 9 more F-35s at Misawa by the end of fiscal 2018 that starts in April. The ministry says it will fit the jets with the Norwegian-made Joint Strike Missile, or JSM, long-range cruise missile. With a range of 500 kilometers, the missile will enable Japan to target enemy bases from within Japanese airspace....


....Wow!, this will be amazing to see Japan moving from announcing the plans on 7Dec17 and deploying the first F-35A by the end of Jan18. The acceleration of the infrastructure should be even more interesting. I hope this push is to create a leverage point of negotiations for the NK efforts and not for some preparation for immediate defense of their homeland.
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Unread post26 Jan 2018, 06:30

Japan has deployed the F-35A at Misawa
Posted in Air Force on January 26th, 2018 ALERT 5

"Japan has deployed its first F-35A stealth fighter at Misawa air base. Video taken at MHI’s plant in Komaki suggests it was AX-6 that was deployed." VIDEO Published on Jan 25, 2018

Source: http://alert5.com/2018/01/26/japan-has- ... at-misawa/

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Unread post30 Jan 2018, 18:46

26 Jan 2018 F-35A 89-8706 is the first at Misawa, Japan
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Unread post31 Jan 2018, 01:42

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/01 ... -supplies/

Japan base welcomes 1st deployed F-35A, but industry hiccups delay fighter’s supplies


By: Mike Yeo
30Jan18

MELBOURNE, Australia —
Japan has deployed the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to a Japanese base for the first time, with the arrival of an aircraft to an air base in the northern part of the country late last week. The aircraft touched down at Misawa in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture on Friday, where it was welcomed in an arrival ceremony by representatives of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. This is the first of 10 JASDF F-35As slated to arrive in Misawa over the upcoming Japanese fiscal year. Speaking at the ceremony, the commander of the JASDF’s 3rd Air Wing, Maj. Gen. Kenichi Samejima, said “the F-35A will bring transformation in air defense power and significantly contribute to the peace for citizens and ensure security”. Misawa is also home to the U.S. Air Force’s 35th Fighter Wing, which flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter. The commander of the wing, Col. R. Scott Jobe, said the F-35A “represents not only a big step forward in technological advancements and combat capabilities but also in U.S.-Japan relations,” adding that his unit looked forward to “training alongside our JASDF counterparts and continuing to enhance the safety and security of Japan together.” "Japan’s first F-35As will be operated by the JASDF’s 302nd Squadron, which is currently operating the McDonnell-Douglas F-4EJ Phantom II at Hyakuri Air Base in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Japan’s capital Tokyo.

The unit will eventually move north to Misawa to operate the F-35. Japan has ordered 42 F-35As, with the first four assembled at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility and the remaining 38 aircraft assembled at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ final assembly and checkout, or FACO, facility in Nagoya, Japan. The first F-35A rolled out of the FACO facility in June 2017, which has also been selected to be the facility for the F-35’s North Asia-Pacific regional heavy airframe maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade.In addition to final assembly, Japanese industry is also involved in the manufacture of parts used in Japan’s F-35s. However, it has been reported that Japanese-made parts that were to be included in the fighters have not actually been used so far, with IHI Corporation unable to get quality approval for an engine parts prototype due to delayed supplies of materials from a contractor in the U.S., while Mitsubishi Electric had other issues with subcontractors. The Japanese government’s board of audit had said that checks by the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency showed that the Japanese subcontractors’ manufacturing processes were insufficient, and the board urged the agency to coordinate with the U.S. government to ensure that items required for F-35 production be supplied on schedule.
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Unread post31 Jan 2018, 03:20

PACOM's article: http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/News-Ar ... 001828797/

Staff Sgt. Deana Heitzman|35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs wrote:MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Blue skies and snowy mountains welcomed the first operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II during an arrival ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Jan. 26.

In the upcoming Japanese fiscal year, nine more aircraft will join this one to incept the first fifth-generation fighter squadron as part of the JASDF’s 3rd Air Wing.

"The F-35A will bring transformation in air defense power and significantly contribute to the peace for citizens and ensure security,” said JASDF Maj. Gen. Kenichi Samejima, the 3rd AW commander. “All service members will do their best to secure flight safety and promptly establish an operational [squadron] structure step-by-step."

The aircraft is a high-performance, multirole aircraft with advanced electronics designed to heighten situational awareness and distribute more information to pilots than any other fighter aircraft, giving operators a critical advantage over adversaries. Japan is one of 12 countries to purchase the F-35A in efforts to maximize air superiority.

“This aircraft represents not only a big step forward in technological advancements and combat capabilities but also in U.S.-Japan relations,” said Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander. “We look forward to training alongside our JASDF counterparts and continuing to enhance the safety and security of Japan together.”

In total, JASDF plans to acquire 42 F-35As as successors to its F-4s. A commemorative ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 24 at Misawa AB to celebrate the official initial deployment of a JASDF F-35A.

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Unread post31 Jan 2018, 09:38

rheonomic wrote:....In the upcoming Japanese fiscal year, nine more aircraft will join this one to incept the first fifth-generation fighter squadron as part of the JASDF’s 3rd Air Wing....


...so Nagoya is building at least nine F-35A in 2018 to deploy to the new at Misawa, 302nd Squadron, in response to the NK and China incursions into their airspace??

Infrastructure development for training, maintenance, ALIS, mission data files, etc. to be forth coming at Misawa during 2018?

"...., there are now two mission data reprogramming centers: Reprogramming Center – East (RC-East) at Eglin, and Reprogramming Center – West (RC-West) at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif. RC-West consists of the F-35 Reprogramming Laboratory (FRL), and its customers are Japan and Israel. Other nations will join that lab in the future.
..."Provide the Reprogramming Center-West, at NAS Point Mugu, California, with the Primary Mission Equipment (Hardware) Required for the Laboratory to meet Partner and Foreign Military Sales. Contract Awarded to Provide the Reprogramming Center-West,.., with the primary mission equipment (hardware) required for the laboratory to meet partner and foreign military sales mission data file requirements in support of the F-35 Program. This contract combines purchases for the governments of Japan ..33.4%, South Korea ..33.3%, Israel ..33.3% under the Foreign Military Sales Program. .., and expected to be completed in October 2017.
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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 02:07

F-35B jets eyed to defend remote isles / Fighters also mulled for MSDF’s Izumo ship
12 Feb 2018 The Yomiuri Shimbun

"The government is considering operating F-35B fighter jets from about fiscal 2026, in an effort to utilize airports on remote islands and thereby improve the nation’s capability to defend the isles, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned....

...The Japanese government is also eyeing the operation of the fighters on Izumo, the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest-class destroyer and which Tokyo is considering remodeling into an aircraft carrier, according to government sources....

...As for the F-35B, the government is planning to indicate the number of aircraft to be procured in the next Medium Term Defense Program, which is to be compiled at the end of this year. It is also mulling including related expenses in the fiscal 2019 budget plan, with a view to starting the delivery of F-35Bs from around fiscal 2024, the sources said.

The F-35B is likely to be defined as a successor to the F-15, the ASDF’s main fighter jet. One plan is to introduce about 20 to 40 F-35Bs, which would correspond to one to two squadrons. Tokyo is also considering increasing the number of F-35As in the next midterm defense program, according to the sources.

The introduction of F-35Bs would facilitate the use of commercial airports on remote islands. The minimum runway length required for the advanced fighter to take off is relatively short, making it more likely to be able to actually take off even when the airstrip at its home base is under attack.

The government is considering highlighting the objective of strengthening the capability for continuous combat operations in the National Defense Program Guidelines, which is expected to be reviewed at the year end. The ASDF’s Nyutabaru Air Base in Shintomi, Miyazaki Prefecture, is named as a possible base for the F-35B to be deployed.

The government is also eyeing converting Izumo into an aircraft carrier — which fighter jets can take off from and land on — by reinforcing the heat resistance of the ship’s deck. It aims to begin operation of the aircraft carrier in the early 2020s. Starting this fiscal year, the MSDF has commissioned a shipbuilding company to carry out a study on enhancing the Izumo’s aircraft operation capability.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera suggested at a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee on Thursday that the government is considering operating the F-35B. The study on Izumo is being carried out “with the recently developed aircraft in mind,” the minister said.

The converted Izumo is planned to be utilized for such purposes as a supply base to defend remote islands. For the time being, the government wants the U.S. military to operate the F-35B, but it also plans to eventually operate the advanced fighter on its own by learning operational know-how from the U.S. side regarding the takeoff and landing of fighter jets, according to the sources.

There are 201 F-15 fighter jets — which were first introduced in fiscal 1980 — currently being deployed. Of them, 102 will continue to be enhanced and used in the future by installing them with such equipment as new types of electronic devices. The remaining 99, without being enhanced, are expected to be replaced with F-35Bs as well as a successor fighter to the F-2, the sources said."

Source: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004240516
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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 02:25

Summary of potential or confirmed acquisitions:

1. More F-35As
2. F-35B to be based on offshore islands and Izumo Class DDH
3. Upgrades to F-15Js
4. NSM for F-35A internal carriage
5. AARGM for SEAD
6. JASSM/LRASM for F-15/F2 standoff strike
7. ASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile
8. C-2 transport and ELINT variants
9. KC-46A tankers

Seems like JASDF is becoming an extremely potent force comparable or maybe even superior to the RAF or Armée de l'air.
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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 02:57

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