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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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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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Japan's Arms Export "Ban" Up for Discussion Again

Japan’s Arms Export “Ban” Up for Discussion Again

A Ministry of Defense committee of experts (Defense Manufacturing and Technology Base Research Committee  [防衛生産・技術基盤研究会]), chaired by the well-known Japanese IR analyst Takashi Shiraishi of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, announced in an interim report that Japan should look again at reviewing the collective ban/restrictions on arms exports.1 The main justification put forward for this...

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Japan's Latest Destroyers: Baby Flat-Tops?

Japan’s Latest Destroyers: Baby Flat-Tops?

A new article on 22DDH, first of a new generation of helicopter destroyers.

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Jane's: Lockheed Martin will build a plant in Japan if MoD selects F-35

Jane’s: Lockheed Martin will build a plant in Japan if MoD selects F-35

A tweet by @samlagrone mentioned that Jane's Industry Desk is reporting "Lockheed Martin will build a plant in Japan if their MoD selects the F-35 for F-X". Without a several hundred dollar membership fee, I cannot confirm the article or link, but this seems like something that was discussed by FlightGlobal back in 2009.

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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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Cost disparity between Japanese and US military hardware

Cost disparity between Japanese and US military hardware

With Japan scaling back its defense budget, it is important to understand how the country spends its money. One of the areas often forgotten by general observers is the sheer cost at which Japan purchases its hardware. Japan pursues an informal policy of building whatever it can within the country, either through domestic research and...

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"Pursue F-X program to maintain skills" - Japanese industry

“Pursue F-X program to maintain skills” – Japanese industry

While the international defense industries continue to pitch their fifth-generation fighters to Japan, Japanese domestic defense manufacturers (namely Mitsubishi, Fuji, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries) are pressing the government to supply funds to their F-X programs for a domestically-produced fighter (such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industry’s ATD-X [see above and bottom]). With the F-35 seemingly at the...

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