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"Bloomberg: Stealth jets are harder to detect by radar"
originally posted by: sirChill
Two things is see that may hurt this plane in the long run or majorly hinder its development.
1. a good deal of Japanese people are very leery about militarizing their country again. Having lived for the last 50 years with a very small defense budget a good deal of people are not looking forward to increased taxes (when things already cost a pretty penny as it is in Japan).
2. Japan isn't really as high tech as people think when it comes to certain things concerning inner office business, fax machines and snail mail are very much still used, the sort of open collaboration type stuff (like skype and even IM) are either not used or very frowned upon. I really think in order for this thing to not spiral out of control cost wise things need to change, because a lot of business over their is done the "old fashioned way".
TLDR; This thing is likely to be obsolete before it even gets mass produced or canceled after a small amount is produced due to the high costs involved. I think the Japanese people would rather put more money in their navy than lots of stealth fighters (that will most likely be in a defensive role anyway).
Just my two blobs of seagull excrement.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: sirChill
This isn't going to be mass produced. It's a tech demonstrator so they can learn what they don't know about making their own stealth aircraft. Unless it turns out to be a lot better than they expect they'll take the lessons learned from this and roll it into their own aircraft.