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Japan to buy F-35B and "Destroyer Carrier"

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posted on Nov, 25 2009 @ 11:25 PM
Japan announced earlier this month that they were adding several "Destroyer Carriers" to the JMSDF. They are 18,000 ton amphibious assault class ships.

They also announced that they are requesting the money to buy 40 F-35B Lightning II`s to replace the F-4EJ that is still in service. Contracts would be signed in either FY11 or FY12. The announcement said FY11 but they may wait to ensure that the capabilities are what they need and as specified.

posted on Nov, 26 2009 @ 12:09 AM
Dish out the toys, don't keep 'em all for yourself!

posted on Nov, 26 2009 @ 03:47 AM
reply to post by Zaphod58

so they made the choise to replace the F4`s then - honestly thought the Typhoon had this one

posted on Nov, 26 2009 @ 04:33 AM

First JSF acquisition announced

The Australian Government has approved a $3.2 billion acquisition program for the Air Force’s first 14 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF).

“Defence has done more analysis on this platform than any other platform in the acquisition history of the ADF,” Senator Faulkner said.

A Win for Strategic Thinking

This represents strategic thinking of the first order, for which the Rudd Government, and indeed its coalition predecessors (who took the decision to join the nine-nation JSF program in 2002), deserve credit.

No comment.

Also, Caribou has been retired, Finally. Looks like this ends Peter Goons plans to re-engine them inside his basement.

[edit on 26/11/2009 by C0bzz]

posted on Nov, 28 2009 @ 01:34 PM
reply to post by Harlequin

Yeah I thought the Typhoon had that one as well. But it could have also been sabre rattling to perhaps get some movement on the F-22 issue.

It would give thier forces a much improived capacity, but it still does not address thier long range air dominance issues. So thios may simply be part one

posted on Nov, 29 2009 @ 12:54 AM
reply to post by FredT

On the other hand, their decision to buy F35B may be a double edged sword in ways.
They say they will buy F35B, but soon after ask for the F22 again..F22 refused, Japan then announces purchase of F35 not confirmed, other options may be explored, and the US potentially looses a valuable customer for the F35.

posted on Nov, 29 2009 @ 02:08 PM
reply to post by BLV12

Itsd possible, but the numbers they are batting around would not be a huge amount in terms of overall production. Unless the UK cancels thier order for the B variant and buys the Rafale for their carrier. Then they may be more inclined if it lowers the unit cost for the USMC.

posted on Dec, 1 2009 @ 05:34 AM
I strongly doubt the UK will buy French fighter jets.
That in it self would be another ploy to get the US to release the source codes to the UK.

Then again, the Royal Navy is only a shadow of it's former self, so it wouldn't surprise me if they did.

But I think it's almost a sure thing the UK will go F35B.

posted on Dec, 3 2009 @ 07:28 PM
reply to post by BLV12

They will go for it but they may buy A or C models instead of the STOVL B variant which would be a killer for the USMC in terms of unit cost unless the USAF picked up a few for CAS.

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