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I don't know I still feel that the Gripen, Eurofighter and Rafale still have a chance, they be built in Japan, have room for growth and on the most part are already in squadron service. You can't get it any more off the shelf than that.
Originally posted by waynos
The only thing with the Gripen though is it is very small and single engined, while Japan is specifically looking for an F-4 replacement. With this in mind I would naturally prefer to see them buy the Typhoon which is more capable than the Rafale by quite a margin) however this almost never comes into play with these things and I can't see Japan buying any European solution. Thats why I believe that the choice for japan is basically either wait a bit longer for the F-35 or buy a relatively inferior or out of date(F-15) solution.
Actually, the more I think about it, the more I can see the rising sun already painted on the wings and fuselage of an F/A-18E, which I forgot to include in my first post.
[edit on 3-6-2005 by waynos]
Yes, because the Patriot Missile system is so accurate, how could the North Koreans or China ever hit Japan with a missile. If it comes down to it, if North Korea wants to, it'll nuke Japan... after which North Korea will be destroyed.