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Japanese Air Force increase combat power


The Air Force of Japan’s self-defense forces are increasing their strength in the light of the Chinese threat. ARMS-TASS correspondent was informed about this during the Singapore Airshow-2014 air show.

Faced with Chinese military doctrine, which is becoming more and more aggressive, and with the threat of North Korean ballistic missiles, Japan plans to increase its defense expenditures and allocate funds for the development of the Air Force and the naval forces (Navy). According to the procurement plan, it is planned to purchase F-28 Lightning-35 (Lightning II) fighters produced by Lockheath Martin (Lockheed Martin), 2 MV-17 Osprey (Osprey) fighters made by Bell (Bell) companies. ) and Boeing (Boeing), 22 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) class HALE (High-Altitude Long Endurance) Global Hawk over the next five years. The Japanese Air Force self-defense forces are also upgrading the F-3 and F-15 fighters.

According to Japan’s National Security Strategy, which was published in December 2013, a marine brigade will be formed as part of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, which will include Osprey convertibles.

The decision to purchase F-35A fighters was made 2 a year ago. Proposed purchase of 42 machines for the two squadrons. They are expected to replace the remaining F-4E fighter jets.

Japan plans to complete the assembly and testing of the F-35 fighter jets. At the same time, the first four fighters for the Air Force of this country will be assembled at Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth (Texas) in 2016 as part of the 8 th party (LRIP 8). The purchase of the F-35 also led to a revision of the previously existing export ban.

Mitsubishi will produce aviation wing and assemble the F-35 for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, while IHI will assemble aircraft engines. Experts believe with a high degree of probability that Japanese industry will join the international list of suppliers as part of the project to create the F-35.

According to experts, the commissioning of the Global Hawk UAV and the development of space technology will significantly improve Japanese intelligence capabilities.

Self-defense forces of the Asian country plan to allocate 0,95 billion dollars for the modernization of the E-767 Boeing (Long-Range Radar Detection) aircraft fleet. The improvement will affect the on-board computer, electronic countermeasures, “friend-to-others” identification equipment and cryptographic equipment. As a result, these planes will be able to more confidently interact with the US Air Force's E-3 DRLO planes, and one of the aspects of the new security strategy is closer interaction with US forces.

As certain tensions with China and Russia exacerbated, the number of interceptions by the Air Force interceptors of Japan’s self-defense forces increased to 500, while earlier 100-200 flights were flown. As a result, a general increase in the number of Air Force combat aircraft by 20 units is assumed. As a result, the Japanese Air Force will have 360 airplanes consolidated into 13 squadrons. The creation of a second squadron of tanker aircraft is planned. The first of them is armed with the KC-767 aircraft manufactured by Boeing.

Japan is also upgrading at least the recently deployed F-15 fighter jets, which in total have about 150 units. The upgraded aircraft with the designation F-15MJ will receive an updated data channel and radar M-type. F-2 fighters will also be equipped with an improved radar.

Previously, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) with the help of Lockheed Martin created an improved version of the F-16 fighter, which was designated the F-2. As a result of the modernization, the wing area was increased by 25 percent and the E-type passive radar was installed to meet the requirements of the Air Force of Japan’s self-defense forces on interaction with naval fighters during long-range flights. The last of the 94 aircraft was transferred by MHI to 2011, but 18 F-2 at Matsushima airbase was severely damaged after the tsunami that hit Japan in March of the same year.

According to Japan’s self-defense forces headquarters spokesman Colonel Koji Imaki, the F-2 program had a significant impact on the aerospace industry of Japan, even though the price of one fighter exceeds 120 million dollars. According to the representative, this positive effect was twice confirmed in the course of reaction to “unexpected events”.

In 2007, the entire fleet of Japanese F-15 was inspected 18 days after the incident with the crash of the bow of one of the American aircraft. Last year, Mitsubishi and affiliated companies estimated that 13 from 18 damaged F-2 can be repaired. Various industrial programs help maintain the F-4 fighter jets in flying condition and improve their combat capabilities, which decrease over time. Under these programs, anti-corrosion testing and troubleshooting.
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  1. ybrcfy27
    ybrcfy27 25 February 2014 12: 36
    Hmm ... Everyone is arming slowly
    1. Papakiko
      Papakiko 25 February 2014 13: 49
      Quote: ybrcfy27
      Hmm ... Everyone is arming slowly

      Is it called slowly?
      Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, MHI last year sold automobile manufacturing and a brand, to be able to concentrate on defense projects. (The information is scarce who acquired it is not clear)
      And everyone else on the background of the mattress and the Japanese are simply pioneers.
    2. AVV
      AVV 25 February 2014 19: 43
      Quote: ybrcfy27
      Hmm ... Everyone is arming slowly

      The Japs are no longer slowly, but seriously investing money !!!
  2. Tatarus
    Tatarus 25 February 2014 12: 41
    Everyone at the helm is not just waiting for wars; they are preparing them.
  3. Scandinavian
    Scandinavian 25 February 2014 12: 44
    Well done, the Chinese ... they rustle little by little ... here are the kamikaze and stir ... wassat
  4. Freemason
    Freemason 25 February 2014 12: 47
    Quote: ybrcfy27
    Hmm ... Everyone is arming slowly

    Yeah ... the Chinese ... the Japanese ... the Arab countries are strange fighting ... the Jews are building up army relics ... anxious like that ..
  5. Yves762
    Yves762 25 February 2014 12: 54
    Interesting PP (pictured). True, IMHO, it is not very sensible for military equipment to make the interface a "monoblock": one damage or glitch (of the same display) will lead to a complete loss of control ...
    1. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 25 February 2014 14: 52
      Quote: Yves762
      Interesting PP (pictured). True, IMHO, it is not very sensible for military equipment to make the interface a "monoblock": one damage or glitch (of the same display) will lead to a complete loss of control ...

      To do this, he comes with a helmet-mounted display. The interface on the panel is just secondary.
  6. Lich
    Lich 25 February 2014 13: 22
    I wonder when the Chinese and Japanese fighter jets will meet head-on, which of the pilots will already have eyes?
  7. propolsky
    propolsky 25 February 2014 14: 01
    They would have to move away from the earthquake, and not to throw money into the defense industry. It can be seen China is pressing ...
  8. schizophrenic
    schizophrenic 25 February 2014 14: 16
    It’s better to let Fukushima smoke, but we won’t give anything to China, but then China will suddenly capture Fukushima. wassat
  9. Saburo
    Saburo 25 February 2014 14: 25
    Against this background, it is interesting to see what will happen to the Mitsubishi ATD-X. The first flight is announced for 2014.
  10. alex-s
    alex-s 25 February 2014 14: 33
    This is not good! So we will have the weakest positions in the Far East!
  11. Leshka
    Leshka 25 February 2014 15: 11
    they are not already weak, but at such a pace they will become even stronger
  12. q_556
    q_556 25 February 2014 15: 17
    According to the procurement plan, it is planned to purchase 28 F-35 Lightning-2 fighters (Lightning II) manufactured by the American Lockheed Martin company, 17 MV-22 Osprey tilt planes manufactured by Bell companies ) and Boeing, 3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the HALE class (High Altitude Long Endurance) of the Global Hawke over the next five years. The Japanese Air Force Self-Defense Army is also modernizing the F-15 and F-2 fighters.

    IMHO, the good news. The faster the Japanese buy F35, the calmer it will be to fly our Su and Migam over the Sea of ​​Japan - with a premature F35 amers have some problems, I don’t think that the Japanese can effectively use this flying iron.
    1. Papakiko
      Papakiko 25 February 2014 16: 48
      Quote: q_556
      I don’t think that the Japanese can effectively use this flying iron.

      "Tsushima" apparently did not read many.
      Iron is not iron, but it flies and there is a corresponding escort, without which modern warfare can only be carried out by suicides (not even kamikaze).
    2. supertiger21
      supertiger21 25 February 2014 16: 58
      Quote: q_556
      The faster the Japanese buy F35, the calmer it will be to fly our Su and MiGs over the Sea of ​​Japan

      Too much you showered fellow with "Penguin" hats laughing .With Japanese F-2s, F-4s and F-15Js, flying on the contrary is much safer for us. But buying them a Light for us is actually a danger crying .C PAK FA we need to hurry.

      Quote: q_556
      with premature F35 amers have some problems

      Three 20-30% different planes are being made, and they are going to be riveted by the thousands, they are going to produce some F-35A for 2 thousand. Yes, and while the Americans have already caught up with the other creators of the 5th generation in this, and from 2015 to 2019 they will begin to accept in service (as well as their allies) are various modifications of this aircraft. We must not laugh, we must cry ... wink recourse

      Quote: q_556
      this flying iron.

      While we (and other countries as well) do not have a production aircraft capable of successfully fighting the F-35. Even our newest Su-35, the 4 ++ fighter, has no more than 30-40 chance of surviving in a battle with the so-called "Penguin" %. But our 35th chances are doubled if he manages to go with Lightning in a dizzying "dog fight", because. in maneuverability, our fighter is far ahead.
      1. And Us Rat
        And Us Rat 25 February 2014 22: 42
        the chances are doubled if he manages to enter a dizzying "dog fight" with Lightning, because. in maneuverability, our fighter is far ahead.

        But there is one, or rather two small nuances.

        1. If you haven't noticed, there is no HUD in the penguin's cockpit, it has been replaced with a helmet-mounted display, which is called a "glass cockpit". The pilot does not need to "go into the tail" or even "point the nose" at the enemy to capture the target by the guidance system, he just needs to turn his head. You must admit that no aircraft has yet been invented, the flight of which is difficult to track with a glance.

        2. Following the Piton-5, melee missiles (already relatively short-range missiles, the P-5 launch range exceeds 25 km) will enter the arms market, which will be capable of all-round launch (360 °). Which even more negates the advantage in maneuverability.

        Here is a video of how it works.
    3. patsantre
      patsantre 25 February 2014 18: 19
      Do you make your statements on the basis of the vysers of the local capers who you are also? Have you at least got acquainted with the materiel and read the latest news about the aircraft from official or at least some decent sources?
      1. supertiger21
        supertiger21 25 February 2014 18: 58
        Greetings Anton. No need to bathe with them, because what can anyone know about the F-35 who knows it only through the abuse of the Australian media criticizing. Statements from the virtual battles of 2008 "beaten with a baton like a child" are somewhat far from reality, since Su- There was no 35C then either.

        (Just in case, gentlemen minus the miners)
        I am not a desperate fan of the F-35. Just underestimating the enemy means digging your own grave. And the fact that they have already riveted a hundred of them, respectively, is another "plus" in favor of Lighting.
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  15. APASUS
    APASUS 25 February 2014 20: 55
    Here, by the way, is another example that can give Americans a chance to not reduce anything. A threat to a US ally.
    Enough weighty argument, we can expect an additional transfer of American forces to Japan from the same Iraq.
  16. kirieeleyson
    kirieeleyson 25 February 2014 20: 59
    Quote: Papakiko
    And everyone else on the background of the mattress and the Japanese are simply pioneers.

    Well, I don't see the Japanese have their real platform in the development for their "self-defense forces". For example, the Japanese Air Force. Over the 70 year history there have been several glider designs and the dominant corporation was kawasaki, while Mitsubishi developed a helicopter based on a mattress black hawk. And the Mitsubishi F-2 is generally a ridiculous mixture of the f16s eagle.
    I can say the same thing about MBT.
    Such allies are more than satisfied with mattress workers, they take personnel from themselves in the Japanese province to themselves and that’s all. The Japanese are very eager to get a grant to study in the USA with subsequent employment.
    1. Saburo
      Saburo 25 February 2014 21: 39

      Ahem-ahm ... Once again, I remind you of the Mitsubishi ATD-X. And this, by the way, is the fifth generation Japanese national fighter, which the Japanese began to develop after the Americans refused to sell them the Raptor. True, he is now declared as an experimental demonstrator of technology without weapons. The main obstacle to launching it in a series is the lack of Japanese own engines with a controlled thrust vector. Now there is a bench prototype and a flight prototype with foreign engines is being assembled.

      Not every country boasts the development of a fifth generation fighter. Actually, Japan is the only one, in addition to the Russian Federation, the USA and China, which has brought such a project to the stage of assembly of the prototype.
      1. Boa kaa
        Boa kaa 25 February 2014 23: 08
        Quote: Saburo
        And this, by the way, is the fifth generation Japanese national fighter,

        Saburo, thanks for the photo of the "Japanese prototype", otherwise I had a photo of their 5th generation concept fighter.

        The author did not even mention this, which indicates a lack of mastery of the topic.
        But the fact that japans will buy F-35A, so it seems to them is economically more profitable than investing in R&D, and then the hasty construction of their own STELS.
      2. kirieeleyson
        kirieeleyson 26 February 2014 01: 32
        Saburo, the "tire of tires" project is still a full-size model, albeit supported by the confident pathos of the government. This is all commercial husk, one might say. After construction, a lot of time will pass before the first flights, and even more so, acceptance into service. It is unprofessional, IMHO, to convince everyone about the creation of a "supernagator" in advance. When something flies, let's talk about "tires to tires". And let cheap cardboard scarecrows make an impression on our neighbors, the Chinese, although hardly. The PRC already has several prototypes, today's news, but in the nose to this one. I'm not going to vilify anything in advance, just in my opinion this project is still a project.
  17. Evkur
    Evkur 26 February 2014 01: 05
    Correctly said above - to underestimate the enemy's defeat in the battle! I am sure there are many more chips about which we do not know about and which are very very secret, but in battle they make him a "nagibotore". You need to go your own way, good experience is great!