Eurofighter Typhoon
In Wake of F-22 Ban, Japan Forging Ties with Europe (With a Warning to America)

In Wake of F-22 Ban, Japan Forging Ties with Europe (With a Warning to America)

For more than forty years, as part of an alliance with the United States, Japan was allowed access to some of the very best fighters in the world. A string of American fighters, starting with the F-86 Sabre, then the F-104 Starfighter, F-4 Phantom and finally the F-15 provided the mainstay of the Air Self...

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Problems piling up for the Japanese F-35 dream

Problems piling up for the Japanese F-35 dream

The Yomiuri has published (j) a report worrying about the British Sunday Times’ revelation that BAE Systems internal network may have been hacked by Chinese spies and critical information on the F-35 fighter may have been lost. Both the UK and the US were targets of the attack. In particular there is concern that the advanced...

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Is F-35 the Right Choice for Japan?

Is F-35 the Right Choice for Japan?

Examining some of the perspectives that grew out of international media coverage of Japan's decision to purchase the F-35 as a replacement to its aging fleet of F-4 Phantoms.

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F-X Fighter Decision Delay: English Language Troubles?

The Sankei reports on the Ministry of Defense's struggle to understand the English language proposals submitted for the F-X program

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Eurofighter out of the F-X competition

Eurofighter out of the F-X competition

The Typhoon is out of the running for the next-generation fighter competition leaving a dead heat between the US-made F/A-18 and F-35. Who will win?

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Japan Air Self Defense Force Tankers May Refuel U.S. Aircraft (Under Certain Conditions, Of Course)

Japan Air Self Defense Force Tankers May Refuel U.S. Aircraft (Under Certain Conditions, Of Course)

JASDF tankers may now refuel American aircraft during military exercises.

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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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Is PM Kan Holding the FX Program Hostage?

Is PM Kan Holding the FX Program Hostage?

Sankei: Pretending to be an expert → becomes increasingly confused → dodges responsibility by retracting his statement. This is the change Kan underwent when faced with the nuclear incident, and now he cannot be excused from this FX selection blunder either.

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Is The Selection Of The F-35 Inevitable?

Is The Selection Of The F-35 Inevitable?

See here for James’ previous, and more detailed in terms of capabilities, post on the Eurofighter Typhoon. In my previous post some may have perceived a subtle suggestion that the F-35 was the frontrunner in Japan’s F-X fighter jet competition. This may well be the case but the 4-country Eurofighter consortium is not going to die...

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F-35 May Be Dropped From F-X Program Short List

F-35 May Be Dropped From F-X Program Short List

  Kyodo news agency reports that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be dropped from the F-X fighter procurement program. The revised F-35 program schedule, which pushes operational testing flights to 2017 (or beyond) means the F-35 wouldn’t be delivered soon enough. The F-X is meant to replace the 40+ year old F-4 Phantom, which...

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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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