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Dawn Blitz 2013: First Glance

This the first post on Dawn Blitz; I’ll do a second at the conclusion of the exercises, or if something really interesting comes up.  – KM I made a conscious decision to not attend Dawn Blitz 2013. I’ve covered a U.S. – Japanese exercise at Camp Pendleton before, and I had been frustrated by the...

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F-X Delays Bring About End to 55 Straight Years of Domestic Fighter Production

F-X Delays Bring About End to 55 Straight Years of Domestic Fighter Production

Weekly Diamond considers the future of Japanese fighter production with the F-X program and beyond as Japan shuts down its domestic fighter production with the final delivery of the F-2.

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F-X Program Kicks Into High Gear

F-X Program Kicks Into High Gear

According to The Dew Line, Japan has officially sent Requests for Proposals to three fighter manufacturers to provide fighters under the long-delayed F-X program. Lockheed Martin got the nod for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Boeing for the F-18 E/F fighter, and a U.K. rep “picked up the RFP for a possible bid by the...

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Britain pushes the Eurofighter in Japan

Britain pushes the Eurofighter in Japan

The Japanese government must decide on the ASDF’s next-generation fighter by the end of this year, and the competition is fierce as the British Ambassador David Warren attempts to sell Japan on the Eurofighter Typhoon. The Mainichi reports: “The Eurofighter is completely interoperable with U.S. military equipment,” Warren said in Japanese at a press conference...

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Boeing on the Super Hornet and Japan's F-X fighter program

Boeing on the Super Hornet and Japan’s F-X fighter program

  Last week a representative for Boeing contacted this blog and wanted to discuss the F-18 and the F-X program. I asked if I could email the company some questions, and the company agreed. Questions and answers appear below, unedited. Q: What kind of experience does Boeing have in working with the Air Self Defense...

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YouTube: Japanese KC-767 aerial refueling tanker

Via Stephen Trimble of The DEW Line‘s Twitter feed: Japan bought four KC-767s for the Air Self Defense Force, the first midair refueling aircraft in ASDF service. All four aircraft have been delivered. One of them had a problem retracting the boom in 2008 that resulted in a small fire.

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F-X program stalled, again

Flightglobal reports that Japan failed to issued a Request for Proposal for the F-X program, further delaying the buy of a replacement for the F-4EJ Kai Phantom. Candidates for the 40-60 plane F-X program include the Typhoon, F-18E Super Hornet, and F-35 Lightning II. According to the report: The failure to release an RFP for...

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Boeing willing to let Japan make Super Hornet

via Alert 5. Boeing Co said it is willing to outsource some production of its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter planes to Japanese firms if the Japanese government decides to buy them as the country’s next mainstay fighter aircraft. (Link) That’s real nice. Methinks however that if the Japanese hold out a bit, the deal could...

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