Skip to comments.Japan picks F-35 as next-generation fighter jet
Posted on 12/19/2011 8:36:15 PM PST by Rabin
The Japanese government made a formal decision on Tuesday to choose the F-35 stealth jet, which is being developed by the United States and eight other countries, as the country's next-generation fighter jets
Japanese Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa said Japan adopted F-35 mainly for its high performance and 42 F-35 fighters will be acquired. The government said Japanese companies would participate in building the new aircraft. Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, which had been reviewed along with Boeing's FA-18 Super Hornet and the Eurofighter Typhoon, will replace the country's 40-year-old fleet of F-4's.
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This is excellent news. In spite of politicians in the U.S., this bird is going to get built anyway!!!!
It’s just a question of how long it will take to work out the kinks.
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And the next administration (ours) would do well to blow the Japanese's socks off by offering them a co-production deal on the F-22. Major headache for China, veddy veddy good for us.
Hell, offer the F-35 to the ROKs, too!
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