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    Japan Defence News

    Post  ahmedfire on Wed May 25, 2011 1:30 pm

    May 20 (Reuters) - Japan may drop the F-35 stealth fighter from a shortlist for the country's next generation fighter due to a sharp delay in the plane's development plan, Kyodo agency reported on Friday citing diplomatic and defense sources.

    The operational test of the radar-evading F-35 -- being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp and Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway -- is not expected to begin until 2017 and this would not satisfy Japan's desire to receive delivery of the next fighter by March that year, Kyodo said.

    The development of the multi role F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, due to replace various aircraft in the military fleets of both the United States and its partners, has been hampered by delays and ballooning costs. [IDN19138761]

    If Japan were to drop the F-35 its shortlist will be narrowed down to Boeing Co's F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Eurofighter is a four-nation consortium of EADS , representing Germany and Spain, Britain's BAE Systems and Italy's Finmeccanica .

    The Eurofighter Typhoon, used by NATO nations and Saudi Arabia, would be Japan's first European fighter jet.

    But the sources reckon that Japan, which has emphasised coordination with U.S. forces, could pick the F/A-18, Kyodo said.

    Japan is looking to make the selection at the end of the year. The new fighter will replace Japan's aging F-4 Phantoms. (Writing by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Tomasz Janowski)
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  GarryB on Thu May 26, 2011 3:52 am

    The new fighter will replace Japan's aging F-4 Phantoms.

    Hehehehehehehe... new fighter...

    They could probably themselves do to the F-4 what the US has done to the F-18 and come up with their own fighter...

    Will be interesting to see whether they give the European jet a real chance... it is a good aircraft, and is actually a new jet, though in many ways its air to ground capacity is a bit limited at the moment, while the air to ground component of the F-18 is fully mature.

    I am surprised they aren't just going to buy more F-15s to replace the F-4s.

    Don't they already have F-15s in service?

    Wouldn't more F-15s make more sense in terms of brand new Silent Eagles with new AESA radars and parts that can be introduced to their in service Eagles to further upgrade the whole fleet.

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    Post  Pervius on Sun May 29, 2011 9:21 am

    The Japanese already have built and developed a 5th Generation fighter. The Mitsubishi ATD-X.

    It's common knowledge the Japanese military is behind trying to get the US military out of Japan so they don't have to spend $2 Billion annually to support a small US military contingent. They want to free up the money to build their own hardware.

    Japan's been very anti-US over the last few years. The US Congress publicly humiliating the Toyota Exec was one of the methods they used to remind them who owns them. 2 Japanese caught trying to sneak hundreds of Billions in US Treasuries into other countries...Japan even agreed to build/run the Iranian nuclear reactors not too long ago before they were slapped down and reminded who runs the world. I'm sure Russian knows all of this and has been following the IRanian news releases/ chat with Japan.

    Japans got a battle plan and looking for a partner to get it's honor back. I'd suspect they have some nukes by now.
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  nightcrawler on Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:37 am

    ^^good post
    We must also know the rivalry with the Chinese in this prospect & by the way the Kuril islands adventure against the Russians. I bet Japanese for the near future will rely on US support to neutralise the effect by the above mentioned numerically superior enemies.
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    Eurofighter loses ground against F-35 in Japan contract race

    Post  ahmedfire on Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:39 am


    Defence analysts monitoring the three-way dogfight for the multi-billion contract say Tokyo has been impressed with the stealth technology of the Lockheed Martin F-35, which will enable it to carry out clandestine monitoring of Chinese, North Korean and Russian military assets in the region.

    It also remains indebted to Washington for the assistance the US military provided in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake.

    “Even before March 11 there were many factors in favour of the F-35, but since then that national security relationship between the two governments has become much closer,” one analyst with knowledge of the bidding told The Daily Telegraph.

    The third aircraft in the running for the contract is the Boeing F/A18 Super Hornet and representatives of Eurofighter and Boeing have scheduled a joint press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday to debate the merits of their aircraft.

    The consortium behind the Eurofighter Typhoon is continuing to promote the aircraft, however, and remains confident in its product.


    “We are in daily contact with the Japanese Ministry of Defence regarding their F-X evaluation,” said Andy Latham, vice president of Typhoon exports.

    “We maintain that our cost-effective proposal offers Eurofighter Typhoon, the world’s most advanced multi-role combat aircraft, as Japan’s best option to meet the requirement for its F-X programme and the most capable deterrent to regional threats,” he said.

    A decision is expected in December and opting for Typhoon would be particularly welcomed by BAE Systems, one of the three European companies building the plane, which in September announced nearly 3,000 potential job losses across Britain.

    However BAE is also building part of the F-35 for Lockheed.

    RAF Typhoons flew around 3,000 operational hours over Libya, reporting a 99pc success rate against fixed targets and 98pc against mobile targets. That combat experience is seen as vital to the bid.

    Eurofighter has declined to reveal the price tag on the aircraft, but each jet is believed to cost around £65m.

    The Typhoon is in service with the air forces of the four countries that collaborated on the project and has been sold to Austria and Saudi Arabia

    The governments of India, Greece, Qatar, Oman, South Korea, Denmark, Switzerland, Turkey, Romania, Malaysia and Bulgaria are all also reportedly considering acquiring the aircraft.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/defence/8887511/Eurofighter-loses-ground-against-F-35-in-Japan-contract-race.html

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    Post  milky_candy_sugar on Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:56 pm

    http://www.janes.com/article/27447/japan-to-develop-stealth-detecting-long-range-radar
    http://vietnamdefence.com/Home/tintuc/thegioi/Nhat-Ban-che-tao-radar-chong-tang-hinh-tri-may-bay-Trung-Quoc/20139/52929.vnd
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    The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has requested JPY3.7 billion (USD37.4 million) for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) to develop an advanced radar and fire-control system that can detect stealth aircraft.

    The MoD request focused on research and technological development of the system to detect and track stealth aircraft that evade existing radars, the MoD official in charge of the programme told IHS Jane's on 24 September.

    "This is a basic technology research programme over six years to build a prototype radar system that can detect stealth fighters," the official said. "We aim to put it into practical use within a 10-year target period."


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    Post  GarryB on Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:44 am

    Now that the PAK FA is approaching operational service the US will likely do the same, and will also likely look at taking the IIR seeker of the AIM-9X and putting it in an AMRAAM body for long range engagement of LO aircraft...


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    Japan’s military budget

    Post  Battalion0415 on Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:42 pm

    http://rt.com/news/222407-japan-unprecedented-military-budget/

    Japan approves largest military budget since WWII

    "Japan’s government has approved its largest military budget in 70 years, in contravention of the country’s pacifist constitution, in a display of force to its highly militarized neighbors. The extra military spending comes amid a stalling economy.

    READ MORE: Japan seeks biggest-ever defense budget amid China tensions

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet has given the green light to an unprecedented nearly 5 trillion yen ($42 billion) defense budget, which comes into force in April. The extra military expenditure mirrors an expanded overall budget, which has reached a record 96.3 trillion yen ($814 billion). The budget still awaits parliament’s approval, where the government coalition headed by Abe has a majority in both houses.

    The 2 percent increase in military spending is the third hike during Abe’s rule. Since he took office in December 2012, Abe ended the 11-year decline in defense spending. In 2002, Tokyo passed its previous highest military budget of 4.96 trillion yen.

    “This budget will contribute to achieve both economic recovery and regaining fiscal health together," PM Abe said at a press conference Wednesday.

    In line with plans announced in late 2013, Abe’s Cabinet plans to spend 24.7 trillion yen between 2014 and 2019 on military hardware, including on amphibious vehicles, drones, fighter jets and submarines.

    Japan’s military purchases consist mainly of US-made military hardware and homemade weaponry.

    Tokyo intends to buy six 5th-generation F-35A stealth fighter jets (reportedly for $148 million apiece), as well as five US-made Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft (which have an estimated price tag of $68 million each).

    Japan’s so-called Self-Defense Force is also looking forward to get a fleet of US-made Global Hawk drones (estimated cost over $100 million a unit), yet this will take place over a five-year period and funds for this purchase will not be allocated from the 2015 military budget, Japanese officials told AFP.

    READ MORE: Japan may receive offensive military weapons from US amid rising tensions with China, N. Korea

    The Japanese Defense Ministry’s shopping list also includes 20 Kawasaki P-1 (350 billion yen a unit) national-made maritime patrol aircraft, at 350 billion yen apiece) which are already in service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

    Tokyo’s increased military expenditure comes amid rising tensions between Japan and China over territorial disputes in the East China Sea.

    READ MORE: Japan ratchets China tension by building radar near disputed islands

    Abe’s government is struggling to prevent the economy slipping into recession. The country has an aging population and soaring welfare costs."

    $48 billion it cost in Japanese self defense forces.
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  Battalion0415 on Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:31 pm

    Japan have upod their forces from around 245,400 to 260,300 in professionel Armed Forces.

    In november 2014.

    So they go forward in defence economy.
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  ahmedfire on Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:02 am

    Normal step ,Much of the increase in would go to restoring government-wide pay cuts imposed after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami .
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    Post  max steel on Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:34 pm

    Japanese Navy gets biggest warship since World War II


    The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force has just received its biggest flat-top helicopter carrier since World War II, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attempts to loosen the restraints of Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution. The Izumo is 248 meters long and, with a crew of 470, it resembles the amphibious assault carriers of the US Marine Corp, Reuters reports. The vessel will be based at the Yokosuka Naval Base near Tokyo, also the home of the US Seventh Fleet carrier battle group. The Izumo is not fitted with steam catapults, which are needed to launch fixed-wing fighter aircraft, but the VTOL version of the F-35 and the Harrier jump jet could fly from the flight deck. As well as the Izumo, Japan is buying longer-range patrol aircraft, Boeing’s Osprey troop carrier and is building amphibious assault vehicles, all of which are unnerving China, which is also expanding its naval capability





    http://rt.com/news/243945-japan-navy-biggest-ship/
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:08 pm

    Eye in the Sky: Japan Launches Spy Satellite Into Orbit

    Japan successfully launched a rocket carrying a backup optical satellite for the government's intelligence gathering program.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched the H-2A rocket with an advanced ground-monitoring satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Kyodo news agency reported Thursday.

    The launch at 10:21 am (0121 GMT) went smoothly, a JAXA spokeswoman said, noting "the satellite separated and entered orbit as scheduled."

    Currently, Japan has two radar satellites and two optical satellites in operation, which are able to collect images of any point on the ground at least once a day.

    The latest satellite will replace one of the two optical satellites launched in 2009. It was developed at a cost of 32.5 billion yen ($272.2 million), according to the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center.

    Five Japanese intelligence satellites are currently in orbit—two optical satellites and three radar satellites, including a backup radar satellite launched in May.

    An additional fourteen probes of various types are slated to be sent into orbit within the next three years.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150326/1020031482.html#ixzz3VZy9wjWk
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  GarryB on Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:27 pm

    But But i thought stealth planes cannot be detected by radars . lol . Now US will also work on such radars with PAK-FA coming to service .

    Stealth does not make an aircraft invisible to radar... it just dramatically reduces the effective range at which the aircraft can be reliably detected and tracked on X band radar.

    That is why I am suggesting that the US will likely take the IIR seeker from the sidewinder and fit it to their AMRAAM... the tiny X band seeker on the AMRAAM would be a poor choice to detect a stealthy target, but the IIR seeker on the X model Sidewinder should get a lock.


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    Post  max steel on Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:02 pm

    But is there any fighter plane usaf posses which can engage in a dodgefight against pak-fa to get a successful lock on ?
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  higurashihougi on Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:49 am

    Ack, so basically the Diplomat claimed that F-35 will be an interim solution for JPN's lack of aircrafts ?

    http://thediplomat.com/2015/06/is-japan-facing-a-shortage-of-fighter-aircraft/

    But f**k it, why not more F-15. F-15 is much better and much more suitable.
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    Post  Book. on Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:45 am

    Japan new track vehicle ?












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    Post  Book. on Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:31 am

    The applicability of the track-laying vehicle of the hybrid power system of the series method, we are conducting research to demonstrate by mounting to the test vehicle. Also, in this study, we have also carried out the purpose and the Japan-US joint research to establish the test method of a vehicle equipped with a hybrid power system.

    http://www.mod.go.jp/



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    P-1 patrol aircraft the first overseas showcase state-of-the-art, high-performance appeal (15/07/18)

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    Japan's 'submarine killer' tantalizes West
    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST HIROYUKI AKITA, Nikkei senior staff writer

    TOKYO -- Japan's state-of-the-art maritime patrol aircraft has been attracting increasing attention, not only from its key ally, the U.S., but also from Europe amid growing concerns about movements by Russian submarines.

    The P-1, built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries for Japan's Self-Defense Forces, is the country's first domestically made anti-submarine patrol plane.

    Its main mission is to conduct maritime warning and surveillance activities. The aircraft is dubbed a "submarine killer" because it is capable of detecting and attacking submarines that cannot be perceived with the naked eye.

    The Maritime Self-Defense Force has about 10 P-1 planes deployed at Atsugi Air Base in Kanagawa Prefecture. They have so far been operating on a trial basis. Full-scale operations are scheduled to begin during the current fiscal year.

    P-1s are priced at about 20 billion yen ($163 million) each. The Defense Ministry plans to procure five per year starting in 2018 and eventually deploy a total of some 70.

    On June 25 the MSDF showed a P-1 to the media for the first time, describing its improvements over the P-3, Japan's current mainstay maritime patrol plane.

    The P-1 has color radar screens, making it easier to detect and track the movements of suspicious vessels, and its sonobuoy, a device used to gather acoustic data and locate submarines, also offers higher performance.

    Moreover, the P-1 is a jet, while the P-3 is a propeller plane, giving the new plane a maximum speed about 30% faster than its predecessor. The P-1 also has a range of about 8,000km, compared with the P-3's approximately 6,600km.

    http://asia.nikkei.com/magazine/20150723-PRAYING-FOR-RAIN/Politics-Economy/Japan-s-submarine-killer-tantalizes-West



    The P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (Courtesy of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force)
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    Post  Book. on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:32 am

    Over the Battlefield of Iwo Jima = burning of bunker, Mass Burial

    Published on Jul 15, 2015
    June 24, 2015 at Iwo Jima in the Bonin Islands, known as a hard-fought areas of the Pacific War, Maritime Self training of Mamoru-tai is published in the press, also tours around the Battlefield of the island took place the day before the 23rd.

    February 19, 1945, the US military of the total troop strength of about 10 million people (landing force of about 60 000 people) landed on Iwo Jima. Tadamichi Kuribayashi about 20,000 garrison led by Lieutenant General has been countered by guerrilla tactics to be hiding in underground bunkers, the volcano in the bunker that became a burning state in the geothermal, supply also received are not, while suffering in hunger and thirst The majority were killed. Still not collected about 60% of the remains is, sleeping on the island throughout.



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    Post  Book. on Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:34 am

    年富士総合火力演習=島しょ部奪回を想定、統合作戦で敵撃破 2015
    Japan Display Full Firepower Island Defend Exercise in Jihigashi Fuji
    Published on Aug 20, 2015 [08.20.2015 22:32:10]

    Rehearsal 20 days Japan's largest live-fire training by the Ground Self-Defense Force "Fuji comprehensive firepower exercises", the land was carried out in Jihigashi Fuji exercise field (Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture). 2,300 personnel, tanks, armored vehicles 80 cars , participating in the artillery 60 gates exercises. Such as the assumed integrated strategy expand the recapture of the islands, daily showed off a training outcome.



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    H2Bロケット5号機、打ち上げ成功 24日に宇宙ステーション接近へ(15/08/20)
    H2B rocket Unit 5, to the successful launch of the 24th to the space station approaches [15/08/20]

    Published on Aug 19, 2015 [08.20.2015 22:37:37]

    Because of bad weather, the launch H2B rocket Unit 5 is, which has been twice postponed 19 evening, it was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, the launch was successful.




    無人補給機「こうのとり」、打ち上げ成功 ISSへ 
    Japan sends cargo to International Space Station

    Published on Aug 19, 2015 [08.20.2015 22:50:50]

    鹿児島県の種子島宇宙センター(Tanegashima Space Center)から3日午後8時50分、国際宇宙ステーション(Internatio­nal Space Station、ISS)へ物資を届ける無人補給機「こうのとり」を搭載したH2Bロ­ケットが打ち上げられた。(c)AFP

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    Japan launches second Izumo-class helicopter carrier
    James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 26 August 2015 [08.27.2015 16:25:28]


    More Here: http://www.janes.com/article/53858/japan-launches-second-izumo-class-helicopter-carrier

    Japan's second and final Izumo-class helicopter carrier was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 27 August.

    Named Kaga (the first Japanese naval ship to take the name since the Second World War aircraft carrier that took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks and was lost at the Battle of Midway), the ship is due to be commissioned in March 2017.

    Kaga is almost identical to JS Izumo , which was launched in August 2013 and commissioned in March 2015. The only differences from specifications released for Izumo is a draught of 7.1 m rather than 7.3 m, and a complement of 520 rather than 470, according to details provided by Japan Marine United.

    Both displace 19,500 tonnes (24,000 tonnes at full load) and, like Izumo , Kaga is likely to be armed with two Raytheon Sea RAM RIM-116 systems and two Mk 15 Vulcan Phalanx close in weapon systems.

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