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Originally posted by Swordbeast
The sale of Raptors to foreign countries is still banned, but that baby is truly a beauty. How gos the saying: "what looks good usually flies good".
I hope to hear more of that plane.
Originally posted by xmotex
The problem is that the Japanese want a specialized air-defense aircraft, not a multirole aircraft like F-35.
Shinsen is optimized for speed and agility, not penetration of enemy air defense networks - a role superfluous for Japan's purely defensive strategic posture.
F-22 would be a better fit for them than F-35 (which they have expressed little interest in) for this reason.
Even if we do reverse course and offer them F-22, the new government, seeking a more independent foreign policy, may decide going ahead with the ATD-X better suits their needs.
Although it would be kind of cool to see F-22 with big red Hinomaru's on the wings
[edit on 9/18/09 by xmotex]