Meifang Zhang said publicly that Japan would like to sell F-35 fighter planes (Figure)
Airport parked on the F-35
Global Network reporter Wang Huan reported that the Japanese government has been expected to introduce the U.S. Air Force F-22 fighters to enhance air defense forces, the Japanese side, however, was unwilling to sell U.S. F-22 fighter, the F-35 as a substitute in the development and introduction is also slow movement, the Japanese Ministry of Defense was “embarrassing.” Japanese media have reported that, is visiting China at the United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates said publicly on January 11, hopes to sell Japan F-35 fighters.
Japanese news network reported on 11 January, a visit to China, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the 11th of fellow reporters, said he hoped the Japanese to buy U.S. F-35 fighter. He also said the 13-day visit to Japan, will work with Japan’s defense Kitazawa handsome talks face to face this proposal.
reported that Japan’s 60 F-4 fighter aircraft has entered the retirement phase, and only barely more than 40 aircraft to perform combat missions. Japan has been very much hope to buy U.S. F-22 stealth fighter aircraft as the main future, replace the F-4. But the U.S. government worried about the F-22 stealth technology leaked to Japan, refused to sell to Japan.
reported that the U.S. government intends to export F-35 fighters in Japan, and that the F-35 also has stealth capabilities. However, in last week’s meeting of the Japanese Ministry of Defense on selected new models, experts and government officials agree that, F-35 fighters belonging to the 5th generation fighter though, but need to wait until 2016 to get ready for active service with. From the time point of view, the Japanese a little “wait.” While the price of each aircraft up to 200 billion yen for Japan’s financial difficulties, the purchase of U.S. F35 fighter planes will be a tremendous burden. In addition, the U.S. F-35 fighter technology exports, set a very high threshold.
It is reported that the participants of the Japanese military experts and Japan Defense Ministry officials are more inclined to buy Europe’s “Typhoon” aircraft. Typhoon fighter aircraft from the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Spain jointly developed by four countries, the aircraft is the first “fourth generation and a half” fighter. Its advanced weapons and power systems, overall performance is excellent, on behalf of the current Western fighter highest manufacturing standards. In particular the price of each of its only U.S. fighter planes F-35 fighter half of 100 billion yen. Combined with production in Europe is willing to provide licenses for the establishment of factories in the country of Japan for assembly production, acquisition of this Japanese fighter planes to improve the production technology is also of great help.
report also said U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visit to 11 in Beijing, has already begun to Japan, “hello.” He said his trip to Beijing and at the end of the visit to Japan, the Japanese defense officials for selling when the U.S. F-35 fighters, he believed that only F-35 is suitable for the Japanese “air defense.”