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

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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 03:15

Honestly, this is hardly surprising for a couple reasons. First, Japan has stated multiple times that it would place an order for ~ 100 "Stealth Fighters" in 2018. Which, only could be the F-35A and/or F-35B. Second, Japan didn't set up the Mitsubishi Plant in Nagoya to build "just" 38 F-35A's! (wouldn't be cost effective)
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Unread post21 Feb 2018, 16:38

Exclusive: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said.

“In view of budgets and production schedules a new acquisition of around 25 planes is appropriate,” said one of the sources with knowledge of the plan. The sources asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

The sources said buying complete aircraft from the United States, at about $100 million each, will save Japan about $30 million per airframe.

The purchase will add to an earlier order for 42 of the fighters, most of which are being constructed at a “final assembly and check out” plant in Japan operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T), the country’s leading defense contractor.

That plant is one of only two such factories outside the United States. The other, in Italy, is operated by Leonardo Spa (LDOF.MI).

As China fields ever more advanced aircraft, including stealth planes, and as North Korea pushes ahead with its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs, adding F-35s will further increase Japan’s reliance on U.S. military technology to give it an edge over potential foes in East Asia.

Japanese military planners are also considering buying F-35Bs, the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) version of the aircraft. Those models can operate from small islands skirting the East China Sea or from ships such as the Izumo-class helicopter carriers.

“We have not yet made any plan and we are evaluating what fighter aircraft we need,” Itsunori Onodera said at a news briefing on Tuesday when asked whether Japan planned to buy more F-35s.

Onodera’s ministry will release two defense reviews by the end of the year that will outline Japan’s security goals and military procurement plans for the five years beginning in April 2019.

The first of the 42 F-35As ordered by Japan’s Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) are being deployed to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. Japanese government officials and Lockheed Martin executives are set to attend a ceremony there on Saturday to mark the entry of the first Japanese F-35 into service.

The F-35 accounts for about a quarter of Lockheed Martin’s total revenue. The company is hiring 1,800 workers for its Fort Worth, Texas, factory to build a fleet that is expected to grow to more than 3,000 jets worldwide. Lockheed Martin is scheduled to nearly triple annual production to more than 160 jets by 2023.

The first Japanese F-35s will replace aging F-4 Phantom fighters that date back to 1960s. The next batch will allow Japan to retire some of the aging 200 F-15s flown by the ASDF that are the main interceptor workhorse of the nation’s air defenses.

Japan also wants to build its own stealth fighter, dubbed the F-3, although the high cost of military aircraft development means it will probably need to find foreign partners to share the expense.

Reporting by Tim KellyEditing by Gerry Doyle

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-f35-exclusive/exclusive-japan-to-buy-at-least-20-more-f-35a-stealth-fighters-sources-idUSKCN1G507W
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Unread post21 Feb 2018, 19:58

:devil: Would the reporter(s) be 'aviation-wise': "...Japanese military planners are also considering buying F-35Bs, the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) version of the aircraft...". They be from Crete? :devil: They be CRETINS. :doh:
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Unread post24 Feb 2018, 16:15

Japan Air Self Defense Force Commemorates First F-35 Arrival to Misawa Air Base
24 Feb 2018 MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan

"MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan, February 24, 2018 – Senior leaders of Japan’s Ministry of Defense, U.S. Forces Japan, Pacific Air Forces and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) celebrated the arrival of the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A to its first operational F-35A base here today at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

The aircraft, designated AX-6, is the second F-35A assembled at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ F-35 Final Assembly & Check-Out (FACO) facility in Nagoya, Japan and is the first to be assigned to the JASDF’s 3rd Air Wing. Japan’s program of record calls for 42 F-35A aircraft. The first four aircraft were assembled at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, and delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where JASDF pilots and maintenance crews are undergoing training.

Japan’s fifth F-35A, designated AX-5, was the first assembled in Nagoya and was flown to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, for Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (EEE) certification, before it will join the JASDF F-35A training fleet at Luke Air Force Base....

...To date, more than 265 F-35 aircraft have been delivered to U.S. and international customers and more than 180 are in world-wide production. More than 570 F-35 pilots and 5,600 maintainers have been trained and the F-35 fleet has surpassed more than 125,000 cumulative flight hours...."

Source: https://www.f35.com/news/detail/japan-a ... misawa-air
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Unread post22 Mar 2018, 21:04

Japan mulls F-35B, deploys F-35A and seeks partner for F-3
Apr 2018 Nigel Pittaway

[Stuff already posted on this thread & F-35Bs on DDHs potential repackaged]

Source: AIR International Magazine April 2018 Vol.94 No.4
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Unread post15 May 2018, 07:00

Japan will have a total of 7 F-35As in the country by this month
14 May 2018 UnDicpherable Place via Alert5

"Japan is taking delivery of its second F-35A at Misawa air base today and Defense Minister Yoshinobu Onodera says five more are expected to arrive on May 26, bringing the total to 7."

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Unread post15 May 2018, 11:36

https://this.kiji.is/368939547947467873

2018/05/15:
Minister of Defence Onodera said five more F-35A would arrive at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, on May 26, for total seven.
In FY 2018, three more would arrive at Misawa AB, for total ten.
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Unread post16 May 2018, 11:00

Tuesday, 15 May 2018:
F-35A.
89-8707.
JASDF.

14:00, took off, at Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture.
15:00, landed, at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Second JASDF F-35A assigned to Misawa AB.

26 May, five F-35A from USA, via Hawaii, scheduled to arrive at Misawa AB.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2018 ... tohoku-l02
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Unread post26 May 2018, 14:29

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2018 ... asahi-soci

Saturday, 2018/05/26:
Five F-35A scheduled to arrive today, at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, were delayed, to after May 28.
The F-35A, used for training in USA, and flown by USAF pilots, had no malfunction.

Tankers scheduled to accompany the F-35A, had malfunction.
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Unread post28 May 2018, 14:26

https://this.kiji.is/373772140073272417

Monday, 2018/05/28:
Five JASDF F-35A arrived at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Four assembled by Lockheed-Martin in USA.
One assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory, Aichi Prefecture, in Japan.

All five used for training JASDF pilots at Luke AFB, Arizona.
Flew to Japan, via Hickam AFB, Hawaii.

[I have not found out their serial numbers yet.]
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Unread post03 Jun 2018, 11:52

Here's a FlyTeam News article about the arrival of the five JASDF F-35A at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, on 2018/05/28.
I presume the five S/Ns amongst the article tags are the five JASDF F-35A.

Will someone compare them to verify if these five S/Ns exclude the one or two JASDF F-35A already at Misawa AB?

https://flyteam.jp/news/article/95012

2018/05/28

69-8701
69-8702
79-8705
89-8706
89-8707
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Unread post21 Jun 2018, 23:49

PDF of JPG from AirFarcesMonthy July 2018 attached.
Five JASDF F-35As transfer from Luke to Misawa
July 2018 Dave Allport

"...The Lightning IIs – 69-8701 (AX-01, USAF/14-5114), 69-8702 (AX-02, USAF/14-5115), 79-8703 (AX-03, USAF/14-5116),
79-8704 (AX-04, USAF/14-5117) and 79-8705 (AX05) – arrived at Misawa on May 28 using callsign ‘Zesty 71’ flight....

...The five F-35As from Luke join two other JASDF aircraft already at Misawa – 89-8706 (AX-06) and 89-8707 (AX-07) – which arrived on January 26 and May 15 respectively. Three more will be delivered in Fiscal Year 2018, bringing the total to ten, out of a planned purchase of 42."

Source: AirForces Monthly Magazine July 2018 No. 364
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Unread post01 Sep 2018, 15:41

Friday, 2018/08/31:
Fiscal year Heisei 31 [2019] defense budget request, and squadrons movement plan.

Plan: fiscal year 2019, not fiscal year 2020, 3rd Hikoutai [F-2] moves from Misawa AB to Hyakuri AB.
302nd Hikoutai moves from Hyakuri AB to Misawa AB, and converts from F-4EJ Kai to F-35A.

https://flyteam.jp/news/article/99301
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