Skip to comments.Japan Chooses F-35 For Next Generation Fighter Jet
Posted on 12/19/2011 7:12:46 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Japan Chooses F-35 For Next Generation Fighter Jet .
TOKYOJapan's Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa said Tuesday that Tokyo has selected Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter as its next-generation jet, capping a multiyear vetting process to upgrade its aging fleet.
The contract for the new fighter, dubbed the FX, totals 40 to 50 planes, according to Lockheed Martin, valued at an estimated $4 billion. It is Japan's most expensive fighter procurement ever and one of the world's largest military contracts this year.
The Lockheed Martin jet won the contract over two lower-cost, combat-tested aircraftBoeing Co.'s F-18 Super Hornet and the European consortium Eurofighter GmbH's Typhoon fighter. But those planes were seen to lack the stealth capabilities of the more advanced F-35.
Washington, Japan's chief security ally, had quietly pushed the case for a U.S. jet by highlighting the importance of interoperability and the ability to share critical parts and conduct joint maintenance.
In their decision, Japanese officials cited the F-35's cutting edge technology, such as its so-called fifth-generation stealth design that provides radar-evading capability both in front of and behind the aircraft.
"We chose the F-35 based on its superior capabilities," Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa said following the decision.
Japan sees the jet's advanced technology as a way of both deterring potential aggressors such as China and Russia, and also to help foster the development of Japan's own aviation industry. A concession came in the form of partial licensed F-35 production, which is expected to be handled by a consortium of Japanese companies including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
One potential source of controversy is the F-35's checkered development history, as the yet-to-be-deployed fighter has been dogged by repeated delays and cost overruns. Lockheed Martin has assured Japan that it can meet the country's procurement schedule,
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Japan says M’bishi Heavy, IHI to participate on F-35
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(We need the business....)
From things I’ve heard about the F35 it may give us all ,the business
(My money is on the Radioactive Theropod.)
The F-35, with it's super-cruise capabilities, is very suited to Japan's island status. The F-35 can project air-dominance a lot further out with more loiter time in an AO. I doubt if the fighter will be called upon for ground support, that being the case, I believe the F-35, in the role of air-superiority, will be a hindrance, and a re-planning by China, which will probably coast China too much time and money before their collective economy collapses.
China will push into southwest Asia and go for the oil. The Mongolian Hulagu, subjected a large portion of southwest Asia in the mid 1200’s.
A logical move for China is to go for the oil to prevent their grand communist run capitalism from collapsing.
The F-35, might be a portion of the puzzle that turns China's vision southwestward.
Just my thoughts.
Nope, from the horse’s mouth.
Hmmmm. Godzilla (or maybe a giant squid) eating Tokyo. Looks like a great idea for a blog story I can post in Breaking News.
The no super-cruise must be a design change from the original spec’s. The f-22 supercruises.
I remember it stating that it would have this due to the cleanness of the fuselage and internal weapon bays.
They must have degraded the engine thrust to not be able to supercruise.
Not to my knowledge. Supercruise is not a function of engine thrust alone-the F-135 is the highest thrust engine out there among tactical fighters. The Swedish Gripen-NG supercruises with one F-414 engine while the Super Hornet can come nowhere near despite having two engines.
I’d assume loaded weight and its small wing area are a factor for the F-35.
The ATF was to have stealth (high level), supercruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics to produce an airframe that would have total dominance. The JSF was to have stealth (a good level but a magnitude below the F-22), sensors and integrated avionics to have 'lethal and survivable strike.'
According to the Airforce Association, the F-22 can:
F-22A carries twice as many air-to-air missiles as the F-35A
F-22A tactically employs at nearly twice the altitude and at 50% greater airspeed than the F-35A
Gives air-to-air missiles a 40% greater employment range and increased lethality
Increases air-to-ground weapons employment range
F-22A can control more than twice the battle space of the F-35A
F-22A AESA radar has more T/R elements than F-35 radar
Only the F-22 features vectored thrust, giving it twice the maneuverability of an F-35
Supercruise expands potential kill zones; half as many F-22s needed as F- 35 to cover same area
The F-22 can turn at twice the rate of an F-35
Supercruise is not just about engine thrust or internal carriage of weapons - it is also about the airframe. The F-35 simply doesn't have the airframe for super-cruise. This is because it was never meant to have that.
(On another note - The F-35 doesn't meet the standards of a '5th generation fighter' stipulated by the ATF competition, which led to the YF-22 and YF-23. This is a point that has been brought up several times by Boeing and the Eurofighter Consortium, with the Eurofighter guys even going as far to show that the Typhoon is more of a '5th generation fighter' than the F-35 is. But as I said, that is a whole other conversation ....)
Thanks for the info.