Hornet / Super Hornet
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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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 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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Japan Sets its Sights on the F-35

Japan Sets its Sights on the F-35

There are multiple news stories covering new developments in the F-35 issue, and there’s quite a difference in details. A quick rundown: the F-X fighter procurement program is almost a decade old, and envisions replacing the F-4EJ Phantom fighter with 40-60 new fighters.  The American F-22 Raptor was the ideal candidate, but unfortunately for Japan,...

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F-X program stalled, again.

A decision on the F-X program has been put off. The deadline to choose the successor to the ASDF’s aging F-4 fighters is said to be 2016. But the Defense Ministry is likely to demand only research expenses for the FX fighter in its fiscal 2011 budget request to be submitted Tuesday. The ministry has...

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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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Until F-X, Japan to build additional F-2s or upgrade F-15s

According to this Kyodo article published on Sunday, Japan is trying to figure out how to retire the 40 year old F-4J fighters and not retain any loss of capability, at least until the F-X fighters are delivered. The two options discussed are either purchasing additional F-2 fighters or upgrading the F-15 fleet . Japan...

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