Japan Chose The F-3 Over America's F-35 For One Reason (China)
The F-3 has a bigger internal weapons bay
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January 16, 2020 - by Charlie Gao for nationalinterest.org
The F-3 is going to be an important plane for the JSDF in the decades to come.
In February 2019, Japan turned heads with its decision to proceed with the development of an indigenous stealth fighter jet. This came in the wake of the decision to purchase more than one hundred American F-35 jets, and the supposed cancellation of the Japanese X-2 stealth fighter prototype in 2018.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced the move to develop the new fighter, currently named Future Fighter or F-3 as part of their Mid-Term Defense Program (MTDP) that lays out modernization and procurement decisions for the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) for the next ten years.
The addition of a new fighter to Japan's MTDP is a surprise but not out of character. The last revision of the MTDP significantly increases defense spending in response to what Japan perceives as a worsening security situation in the region.
But what will the F-3 actually look like?
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