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Japan and UK to Collaborate on Advanced Stealth Fighter Jet

Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by BMD, Mar 28, 2017.

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    http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/japan-and-uk-to-collaborate-on-advanced-stealth-fighter-jet/

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    Japan’s Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense have concluded an agreement to explore options for co-developing an advanced fighter jet, according to a March 16 press release by the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

    The agreement stipulates that both countries will exchange information about advanced aviation technology and also conduct a joint study on the feasibility of co-developing a new fighter aircraft in the coming years.

    The press release further notes that Japan will continue to explore fighter jet co-development options with other countries. “Regarding the possibility of international joint development on fighter aircraft in the future, we will continue to exchange views with other countries,” the MoD statement reads.

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    While the next-generation fighter jet project would be the biggest Japan-UK collaboration on sensitive defense technology so far, both countries are also a working on jointly developing a new ramjet-powered, beyond a visual range air-to-air missile.

    During a January 2016 visit, the UK defense minister and his Japanese counterpart agreed to move discussions on the project to the next stage. The aim of the project is to integrate Japanese seeker technologies into the European Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile.

    In October 2016, the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) also held their first-ever joint aerial combat drill, dubbed Guardian North 16, in Japan. The exercise involved four RAF Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, JASDF Boeing F-15J all-weather air superiority fighters and Mitsubishi F-2s.

    The Eurofighter consortium, which includes the United Kingdom, unsuccessfully tried to pitch the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to Japan in 2011. The JASDF, however, opted for the U.S.-made F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter jet instead. Japan placed an order for 42 F-35 through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program in 2011. The first aircraft was handed over to the JASDF in December 2016.

    Nevertheless, the F-35 order is an interim solution and Japan is slated to procure up to 100 new fifth-generation air superiority fighters by the 2030s. An estimated $40 billion contract is expected to be awarded in the summer of 2018 (See: “Japan’s Air Force to Receive 100 New Stealth Fighter Jets”).

    As I explained in July 2016, Japan has three options for procuring for the new aircraft: “First, develop an indigenous air superiority fighter. Second, partner with a foreign defense contractor and license-produce a new aircraft. Third, import or upgrade an existing platform.” The UK-Japan joint study falls into the second option of partnering with a foreign aircraft maker.

    However, U.S. aircraft makers will remain Japan’s top choice for any future fighter jet co-development projects. Last year, Japan unveiled an experimental fifth-generation fighter technology demonstrator, dubbed X-2 “Shinshin” (formerly the ATD-X), which will be the basis for the JASDF’s so-called (F-3) Future Fighter Program. As I reported last year, U.S. defense contractor Lockheed-Martin is purportedly already involved with the project in some capacity.
     
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    Okay, compulsory manga shots.

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    Err wait???

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    Lots of collaborations for next gen aircraft all over the place.
     
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    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/details-of-joint-missile-project-with-japan-emerge/

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    Details of joint missile project with Japan emerge
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    Japan and the UK are moving forward with efforts to develop a new joint air-to-air missile.

    The project is understood to be supported by a successfully conducted project to integrate Japanese seeker technologies into MBDA’s Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, IHS Jane’s has reported.


    The project utilises Japanese technologies to enhance the accuracy and performance of the missile.

    Meteor is an active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile being developed by MBDA. Meteor will offer a multi-shot capability against long range manoeuvring targets in a heavy electronic countermeasures environment with range in excess of 100km.

    MBDA is planning integration of Meteor on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Block 4. The Meteor has already been checked for fit in the internal weapons bays of the JSF. It is compatible with the aircraft’s internal air-to-ground stations, but would require modification of the fin span and air intakes to be compatible with the air-to-air stations.

    It is understood that it is in this context, MBDA has agreed to jointly research a new seeker with Japan.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

    “Japan is our closest security partner in Asia and I want to significantly deepen defence cooperation between our two nations.

    We will do that through joint exercises, reciprocal access to our military bases, military personnel exchanges and cooperation on equipment, including a new air-to-air missile.”

    Following the success of the first round of talks on the Co-operative Research Project on the Feasibility of a Joint New Air-to-Air Missile (JNAAM), the Ministers have confirmed discussions would move to the second stage.

    Further additional cooperation could, according to a MoD press release, include mine hunting in the Gulf; cooperating to improve amphibious capability; and improving counter-IED (Improvised Explosive Device) capability. The UK also welcomed increasing Japanese participation in NATO exchanges and joint exercises.
     
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    japan is shedding its non-military stance quite fast... china will be having sleepless nights.. but the need of UK and Japan are not that high.. so whom they will be targeting as customers.. Europe or other asian nations?
     
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    I think Japan is ramping up, so their need may grow and they do have a large GDP to grow it. Those 'Large Helicopter Carriers' may also become small aircraft carriers.;)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izumo-class_helicopter_destroyer

    Both Europe and Asia could become a market. ROK for instance is an obvious one.
     
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    those helicoptor carriers are real nighmares of china.. but there is not too much growth left in the japan gdp.. but if it comes out of self imposed ban... UK and japan can easily consume 600 aircrafts until and unless F-35 don't kill it.
    ROK will not be so eager.. with the history they had with japan.. they still don't trust japan.. and an military power japan.. that's not a good selling point.
     
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    The history is now pretty old. If France can collaborate with Germany (again), then I think ROK can be friends with Japan.;)
     
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    no.. the hate in aisa is long lived and it is cherished and supported as a part of nationalism.. it is tough to have both korea and japan engage directly.. but yes indirectly any thing can happen.
     
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    Well the US and Japan are co-operating on SM-3 Blk 2A 70 years after they nuked two cities, and ROK and Japan have at least two common adversaries.
     
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    there is a lot of negative feelings and protest against US army camps in japan.. but then I am for this alliance of japan-rok.. as one of their 2 adversities are ours too and 2nd one helped our enemy too.
     
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    Indeed, NK and China are joined at the hip.
     
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    don't forget pakistan..
     
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    True, but Pakistan are a little more independent than NK.
     
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    it was but now it is going to ba a colony of china.. bad for religious extremist to be servant of atheists... karma do pay.
     
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