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

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Unread post19 Aug 2019, 07:01

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Unread post22 Aug 2019, 16:19

USMC To Fly First F-35B From Japan’s Izumo-Class Aircraft Carriers

U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B STOVL fighters will be the first fixed wing aircraft to fly from Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Izumo-class "helicopter destroyers", following the conversion of both JS Izumo and JS Kaga into aircraft carriers.

Xavier Vavasseur 21 Aug 2019

According to Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun which revealed the information today, the Japanese government made this request back in March.

It will take about 5 years (from budgeting to deployment) for the F-35B to be fully inducted with the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). As we reported recently, the “air force” and not the “navy” will be flying the aircraft.
With these factors in mind, the Japanese government made an official request to the USMC. It specifically asked during the meeting “for cooperation and advice on how to operate the fighter on the deck of the modified ships” to which General Neller said he would “help as much as possible”.
In addition, The Asahi Shinbum quoted Japan’s Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya as saying “The Izumo-class aircraft carrier role is to strengthen the air defense in the Pacific Ocean and to ensure the safety of the Self-Defense Force pilots”. Regarding the possibility of the arrival and departure of US military aircraft, “There may be no runway available for the US aircraft in an emergency. I cannot say that the US F35B should never be placed on an [JMSDF] escort vessel.”...

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... -carriers/
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Unread post22 Aug 2019, 18:52

There is sadly a two thread repeat of this stuff about F-35Bs & Izumo Class ops: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=20426&p=425556&hilit=Vavasseur#p425556
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Unread post28 Aug 2019, 11:38

Japan's In-Service Fighters
28 Aug 2019 Bradley Perrett

"Planning an enlarged acquisition of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings... the ministry is counting savings of ¥4.9 billion ($46 million per aircraft) from switching to full importation from local final assembly....

...Twenty-seven F-35As, including the last eight from the 2011 plan, and 18 “STOVL fighters” will be bought in the five-year acquisition planning period that began in fiscal 2019. The aircraft will be delivered in fiscal 2023-27, the ministry said. Since only six have been ordered in the current year, maintaining the previous rate of delivery, the pace will have to pick up to almost 10 a year on average in fiscal 2020-23. But the exact number will be determined annually, as is usual in Japanese military procurement....

…[F-35B] aircraft will sometimes go to sea aboard the helicopter carriers Izumo and Kaga, which will be modified for the purpose. But the STOVL fighters will be acquired for the air force, not the navy.…"

Source: https://aviationweek.com/asia-aerospace ... e-fighters
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