Among the aeronautical electronics designated for study are suitable radar antennas, electronic support measures and electronic coping systems, as well as infrared search and tracking systems. Interestingly, people also refer to “self-repair flight control capabilities”. This suggests an automatic system that detects failures or failures in battle and activates remaining control surfaces, including the aircraft’s thrust vectors, to keep the aircraft in check. control.
Ahead of today’s announcement, it was confirmed that Japan would follow one of three paths to building new fighters: the development of fully domestic aircraft, joint ventures with the help of Foreign partners or buy sold foreign fighters. Another more radical proposition envisaged an alternative drone for the F-2 squadron. The drone fighter proposal was supposed to be a cost-saving measure and was later scrapped earlier this year, you can read more about this in the past. Battlefield the.
Choosing the second option reflects a pragmatic approach, hoping to secure technology support and expertise from an experienced partner in the field while sustaining the domestic defense industry. . This second point may be of particular importance to MHI̵7;s aircraft manufacturing division. The same day, the company announced that it would stop production of the SpaceJet commercial jet due to uncertainties in the field stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, Japan will seek to secure substantial technology transfer benefits to help promote local industry, and this will likely play an important role in partner selection.
According to the Ministry of Defense of Japan, the decision on a foreign partner for the fighter project will be made before the end of this year. Possible candidates include Lockheed Martin in the United States and BAE Systems in the UK, which are currently building Typhoon multirole fighters for export as part of the Eurofighter multinational. Other US companies that have previously shown an interest in joining the project include Boeing and Northrop Grumman.
Reports in the Japanese media indicate that sharing stealth technology will be an important requirement of the foreign partner, which could give an advantage to Lockheed Martin. Not only does he have extensive experience in the production of radar destroyers, but also has an established relationship that supplies the F-35s to Japan and cooperates with MHI to manufacture them. Lockheed Martin and MHI have partnered in the Final Test and Assembly (FACO) facility for the JASDF F-35A variant in Nagoya, Japan.
It’s also worth noting that Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor was once Japan’s top choice as a fighter in the future, but its export ban issued by the US Congress has prevented the purchase. re-even it by one of America’s closest allies. After the Raptor avenue was closed, Japan also asked Lockheed Martin for details of a potential F-22 / F-35 hybrid. Although Japanese officials appear to have scrapped this design earlier this year and focused on a truly native product, such a proposal could become a candidate to fulfill the request. by F-3.
Another factor that may play a role in the selection of a partner is Japan’s burgeoning defense relationship with the UK, one of the core partner countries in the Eurofighter multinational industrial effort. British companies including jet engine maker BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. The UK is also currently researching the Tempest future fighter, with inputs from Italy and Sweden. There has been discussion in the past about Japan becoming another potential partner of Tempest, and Tokyo’s goal of bringing new fighter jets into service by 2035 could perfectly fit into the plan of The UK aims to make Tempest the successor partner of Typhoon within this time frame.