Wild: Japan Wants to Cross an F-22 and an F-35 Into a New Stealth Plane
Would the deadly combo work? U.S. authorities are signalling they'll release to Japan the secret technology that would make the hybrid fighter possible.
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January 28, 2020 - by David Axe for nationalinterest.org
Tokyo wants a new, domestically-made stealth fighter. Japan has licensed U.S. weapons technology before and it looks like Washington might be game.
The Japanese government wants to develop a new, radar-evading warplane by combining elements of the U.S. F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters.
And now U.S. authorities are signalling they'll release to Japan the secret technology that would make the hybrid fighter possible.
Japan has been here before. In the 1980s and '90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin's iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with a bigger wing and better electronics.
But the F-2 proved to be outrageously expensive. A uniquely Japanese stealth fighter, which would replace the small F-2 force, likewise could prove prohibitively pricey.
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