Japan to develop indigenous next-generation fighter

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Japan's Ministry of Defense unveiled a timeline on July 7 for the development of an indigenous next-generation fighter jet to counter China's J-20. The new fighter will replace the Mitsubishi F-2, which is due to be retired in the mid-2030s.

Defense News reports the unnamed fighter, tentatively dubbed the F-3, will be optimized for air dominance, stealthy and interoperable with the U.S. military.

Japanese defense minister Taro Kono said in a press conference on June 27 that the new fighter will carry more missiles than the F-35.

The F-3 is also expected to have a longer range for conducting operations at a greater distance from Japanese bases than the F-2 and F-35.

Japan will also become the largest customer of the F-35 program outside of the U.S.

Defense News reports that on July 9, the United States approved plans by Japan to purchase 105 F-35 joint-strike fighters. Japan will eventually operate 157 F-35s, including 42 F-35B short-takeoff and vertical-landing variants.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Japan is developing an indigenous fighter jet to replace the F-2
2. The new fighter will carry more missiles than the F-35 and possibly cruise missiles
3. Comparison of the ranges of Japan's F-2, F-35 and F-15 fighter jets
4. Refurbished Japanese helicopter destroyer Izumo equipped with F-35Bs

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Japan's Ministry of Defense unveiled a timeline on July 7 for the development of an indigenous next-generation fighter jet to counter China's J-20."

"The new fighter will replace the Mitsubishi F-2, which is due to be retired in the mid-2030s."

"Defense News reports the unnamed fighter, tentatively dubbed the F-3, will be optimized for air dominance, stealthy and interoperable with the U.S. military."

"The F-35 can carry only four AIM-120 air-to-air missiles or two AIM-120s and two GBU-31 precision-guided bombs in its internal bays."

"In addition to carrying more missiles, a report in Forbes states the F-3 is also likely to carry cruise missiles such as the ASM-3 anti-ship missile and the sea- and land-target Joint Strike Missile."

"The F-3 is also expected to have a longer range for conducting operations at a greater distance from Japanese bases than the F-2 and F-35."

"This would allow it to fill the role of the retiring F-15J air superiority fighter aircraft."

"Defense News reports that on July 9, the United States approved plans by Japan to purchase 105 F-35 joint-strike fighters."

"Japan will eventually operate 157 F-35s, including 42 F-35B short-takeoff and vertical-landing variants."

"The helicopter destroyer Izumo is being refurbished to operate the F-35Bs."

SOURCES: Defense News, Yahoo News, Jiji.com, Forbes, Naval News
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2020/07/09/japan-unveils-timeline-for-indigenous-fighter-jet-program/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/07/09/open-your-wallets-japan-has-scheduled-its-new-stealth-fighter/#138e0a426461
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/byline/takahashikosuke/20200708-00187222/
https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2020032701097&g=pol
https://www.defensenews.com/smr/2020/07/09/us-gives-the-green-light-to-japans-massive-23b-f-35-buy/
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2019/12/japan-takes-first-steps-towards-refurbishment-of-jmsdf-destroyer-izumo/