Chinese cruise missile threat to Japan an excuse to accelerate the purchase of F-22 deal
Chinese shore-based C-602 anti-ship cruise missiles fired
Japanese Defense Ministry officials decided to accelerate the implementation of plans to buy F-22 fighter
LONDON, June 4 news: According to the U.S. Aviation Week 3 reported that the Japanese and U.S. experts agree that advanced aircraft and cruise missiles from China’s growing threat, so the Japanese Defense Ministry officials decided to accelerate the implementation of purchasing F-22 fighter program.
Japanese Defense Ministry officials also believe that, as Asian countries on the development of oil and natural gas dispute is worsening, so the next occurrence of islands in western Japan diplomatic conflict that no one is even the possibility of armed conflict are rising.
article said that in view of Japan from the Japanese mainland to the west and south of the island’s distant, but also the lack of airport runway, so the Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces can only partially meet the unique operational requirements here. Japan Air Self Defense Force has to patrol the islands modern KC-767 tankers and E-767 AWACS, but its lack of flight speed, altitude, stealth, precision attack quickly enough to make it across the vast ocean between China and Japan’s fighter .
Japan that have the ability to attack small targets advanced fighters against incoming cruise missiles can be effective, but once the Japanese islands occupied by foreign troops, the aircraft’s ability to provide precise targeting defense capability. Japanese officials said Japan’s constitution prohibits the increase in troops, so they must have higher performance aircraft.
Japan’s FX project aims to purchase 20-60 such as high-performance F-22 fighters; and F-XXX project is to purchase more so as the F-35 fighter. Japan plans to use two fighter procurement project to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces of existing aircraft.
problem is that Congress in 1997 passed the House of Representatives Democrats David Obey’s “Obey amendment” to prohibit the export of foreign F-22. However, there are rumors – even though Lockheed Martin is not denied to the United States Air Force or other countries to sell their F-22 fighters – members of U.S. Congress members to consider the legislative command the U.S. Air Force officer production of export-oriented F-22 fighter costs and related issues.
U.S. aviation industry officials said, the uncertain external sales and an uncertain F-22 fighter off the production line schedule, led to the massive cost of these different options discussed. An industry official said that over the years people have been both options have been entangled, the U.S. Congress to change the ban on exports. However, given the global war on terror supplies are inadequate, so now no one knows the 60 F-22 fighters of the multi-year contract will take effect, whether the United States will reproduce four of the fighters.
a senior Air Force official said last week at a private meeting, the Air Force chief of staff 诺曼施瓦兹 very negative, said U.S. Air Force “did not purchase more than 187 F -22 fighter plans, “” Gates of the Air Force will not oppose the decision to gag order remains in force. “
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was confirmed last month in the budget this year discussion of the preparation period of an injunction issued early in President Obama announced his budget for fiscal year 2010, when it has been completely lifted, and military officials the freedom of its recommendations to Congress.
Air Force sources, the “Aviation Week,” said F-22 fighter off the production line would cost at least $ 400 million, but may also be more. U.S. Congress on an annual basis can keep the F-22 production line, but apart from outside Georgia, has no support for the continued production of the type of fighter political advantage. The official said: “I think the Congress will not pass another F-22 production planned.” Intellectual Courand a recent U.S. report showed off F-22 production line will need to spend $ 250 million to $ 550 million . Pentagon and the F-22 maker Lockheed Martin F-22 has not been shut down production lines for consultations.
The Japanese F-22 fighter purchase plan, an unnamed Air Force official said the U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Pentagon is actively pushing the F-35 outside, and the U.S. military has disposal of 12 F-22 military bases to Okinawa and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force mission together, so if you want to buy the Japanese F-22 fighters, need themselves the right reasons. (Spring)