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Japan to acquire 105 additional F-35 aircraft

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  1. Jyotish Kailashkumar

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    Japan to acquire 105 additional F-35 aircraft

    10 JANUARY 2019

    The Japanese government has announced its intention to purchase 105 additional F-35 aircraft for its national Air Force, leading the amount of their new acquisitions to a total of 147 brand new F-35 multirole aircraft.

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    F-35 Lightning II

    Japan had already purchased 42 F-35As, produced by Lockheed Martin, and is now about to purchase 63 additional F-35As and 42 F-35Bs which are the Short TakeOff Vertical Landing (STOVL) version of the F-35. This purchase has been decided to gradually replace more than 100 pre-MSIP F-15Js aircraft.

    The F-35 Lightning II is a stealthy (radar-evading), supersonic, multi-role fighter aircraft designed to meet United States' and the United Kingdom's requirement for an affordable next generation fighter. It will replace a wide range of aging fighter and strike aircraft currently in service in both these countries, but also abroad. It can be armed with 1 GAU-12/U 25 mm cannon (F-35A mounted internally with 180 rounds, F-35B/C mounted as an external pod with 220 rounds) and 4 AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-9X Sidewinder, or AIM-132 ASRAAM or 2 2,000 lbs. air-to-ground munitions (2 x 1,000 lbs. in F-35B).

    The F-35A version of the F-35 is a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) multirole, supersonic, stealth fighter that has extraordinary acceleration and 9-g maneuverability and agility.

    While the F-35B version combines stealth with short takeoff/vertical landing capability and supersonic speed, giving it the ability to operate from small ships, roads and austere bases.

    http://www.airrecognition.com/index...-to-acquire-105-additional-f-35-aircraft.html
     
  2. Foxtrot Delta

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    105 is a big number.
     
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    Japan should not build its airforce entirely on mercy of US defence
     
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    Japanese must be fools to buy 100+ F-35s
     
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  5. Tshering22

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    It is very unlikely that they would be going against US anytime in this century. US has their back covered.

    If this is true then JASDF will become one of the most lethal air forces on earth.
     
  6. undertakerwwefan

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    If they do that they won't have money to make F-3. I guess Americans won't allow that anyway.
     
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    F-3 is experimental demonstrator for next gen jet @undertakerwwefan
     
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    Too small to be of practical use. JF-17 size.
     
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    JF-17 is 47 feet long, F-3 even smaller 45 feet @undertakerwwefan
     
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    That's why Japan will never build F-3. It's a class size smaller than F-35.
     
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    I already told you F-3 project is experimental in nature that's why it can't reach a production status @undertakerwwefan
     
  12. undertakerwwefan

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    Exactly my point.