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

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Unread post01 Feb 2019, 22:09

Once UAI comes online, a lot of weapons will be integrated on an as-needed basis and be completely separate from Block upgrades.
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Unread post12 Feb 2019, 15:24

JASDF F-35A flying in the blizzard. ( 8)Cool and cold :shock: )
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Unread post15 Feb 2019, 01:54

U.S., Japanese commanders observe F-35B operations aboard USS Wasp
05 Feb 2019 MC2 Sarah Myers, Amphibious Squadron 11

"EAST CHINA SEA - The commanders of U.S. 7th Fleet and the Japan's Self-Defense Fleet visited the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), Feb. 5, to observe the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) operations at sea. U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Vice Adm. Kazuki Yamashita were joined by other senior JMSDF officers to showcase Wasp ARG’s amphibious capabilities, including operations by 31st MEU F-35B Lightning II aircraft....

...While aboard Sawyer and Yamashita met with Wasp ARG leaders, received briefs about amphibious capabilities and observed flight operations by 31st MEU F-35B Lightning II aircraft...."

Photo: "PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 2, 2019) An F-35B Lightning II aircraft attached to the F-35B detachment of the "Flying Tigers" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) prepares to land behind another F-35B Lighting II aircraft on the flight deck on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during flight operations. Wasp, flagship of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Myers)" https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7827/469 ... 8c89_b.jpg (0.2Mb)


Source: https://www.cpf.navy.mil/news.aspx/110658
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Unread post06 Mar 2019, 12:04

Tuesday, 5 March 2019:
F-35A.
99-8712.
Rinji F-35A Hikoutai, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2019 ... tohoku-l02
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2019 ... 2.view-000

15:35, landed, at Misawa AB.
Departed from Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture.

12th of 12 F-35A for current fiscal year.
JASDF will soon rename "Rinji F-35A Hikoutai" [Temporary F-35A Squadron] to "302nd Hikoutai" [302nd Squadron].

Previous schedule, fiscal year 2019, six F-35A would allocate Misawa AB.
Two of the six assembled ahead schedule.

2018 December, first of the two allocated Misawa AB.
#712 is second of the two.

Current schedule, by fiscal year 2020, total 22 F-35A would allocate Misawa AB, as two squadrons.
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Unread post06 Mar 2019, 15:32

Amazing to see the impact Japanese F-35's will have in the region.

Before its arrival, China's air force could have been considered vastly superior, especially in numbers. It's J-10's, J-11's and now SU-35's would be more than a match for Japanese F-15's and F-2's. But with the F-35, China has to deal with an aircraft that can quite handily dispatch with their various Flanker derivatives and J-10's.

Even the J-20 is at risk, given the F-35's more mature state and I dare say much better WVR/BVR capabilities. Add in South Korea''s F-35's, Singapore's, Australia's etc and you begin to appreciate how this one little airframe is indeed worthy of the name, "game changer"...
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Unread post06 Mar 2019, 15:38

The rather large fuel tank of the F-35 gives it an outstanding range advantage around that region.

Its range and superior sensors and fusion systems (and room for expansion and improvement) will make this a great Japanese asset for many years to come.

(and this comes from a very dedicated F-16 fan)

Why Japan did not push for the F-16 XL version (with even more fuel) will stay an open question forever.
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Unread post06 Mar 2019, 17:36

vilters wrote:
Why Japan did not push for the F-16 XL version (with even more fuel) will stay an open question forever.


I would say that the Japanese already done something similar along those lines with the Mitsubishi F-2 which is basically a bigger F-16 with more internal fuel (and certainly more range).
A 4th/4.5th gen fighter aircraft stands about as much chance against a F-35 as a guns-only Sabre has against a Viper.
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Unread post07 Mar 2019, 15:05

vilters wrote:The rather large fuel tank of the F-35 gives it an outstanding range advantage around that region.

Its range and superior sensors and fusion systems (and room for expansion and improvement) will make this a great Japanese asset for many years to come.

(and this comes from a very dedicated F-16 fan)

Why Japan did not push for the F-16 XL version (with even more fuel) will stay an open question forever.


On the internal fuel, I could only find "increased by 82%". So.... circa 14,000lbs? (Math isn't a strong point). That would be around what an F-15C carries, but with a single engine. Beautiful aircraft, and futuristic looking - even today IMO.
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Unread post11 Mar 2019, 23:07

Aircraft Carrier Ibuki (Kûbo Ibuki) theatrical trailer - Setsurô Wakamatsu-directed movie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUF0HwltZdI

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Unread post11 Mar 2019, 23:22

spazsinbad wrote:Aircraft Carrier Ibuki (Kûbo Ibuki) theatrical trailer - Setsurô Wakamatsu-directed movie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUF0HwltZdI




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A 4th/4.5th gen fighter aircraft stands about as much chance against a F-35 as a guns-only Sabre has against a Viper.
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