This is why the US doesn’t export the F-22
Lockheed Martin the leading manufacturer of stealth aircraft in the world proposed a new hybrid between the f-22 Raptor in the f-35 Lightning on April 2018 for Japan to purchase and it could easily outclassed the US Air Force Japan has for decades wanted in on the US Air Force’s f-22 a long-range high-capacity stealth fighter that perfectly suits its defense needs except for one problem the u.s. won’t sell it while completing the f-22 the u.s. ruled out its sale to allies as the technology involved in the plane was too advanced for export but this decision took place 11 years ago in 2007 today the u.s.
Is in the process of selling Japan the f-35 multi-role strike aircraft but according to Justin Bronk an air combat expert at the Royal United Services Institute the planes design makes it less than ideal for Tokyo the f-35 is primarily a strike aircraft intended to hit well defended targets on the ground and is limited in air-to-air combat because of its size it’s single engine in way it was designed Bronks said but because Russian and Chinese jets constantly pestered Japan’s airspace Tokyo wants some more air dominance focused jet the f-22 can cruise at 60,000 feet going about times the speed of sound without igniting the afterburners meaning it can maintain its stealth while covering incredible distances in short times the f-35 is a capable fighter but can’t touch those numbers along with a bigger missile loadout it’s a much much more capable for air superiority tasks Bronk said of the f-22 the strike role that Japan really really cares about is not really the one that the f-35 is designed for he added that Japan would love a jet it can fire anti-ship missiles but that the f-35 has just too small to hold them inside it’s stealthy weapons Bay’s President Donald Trump has moved to loosen up restrictions on foreign military sales and could potentially revisit the decade-old ruling on selling the f-22 as the sensitive technology of uses has aged and become less cutting edge but that same advancement in technology is likely doomed the f-22s restart Bronk said the costs of restarting f-22 production were not trivial and even if Japan offered to pay a lot of the electronic components computer chips and things are not built anymore the f-22 had a decade’s long development that started off with 1980s zero technology if you were going to put the f-22 into production now it’s hard to justify doing without updating the electronics Bronk said once the electronics become updated and take up less space and throw off the balance of the jet the flight software would need an update once the flight software starts getting updated it starts to look like a new fighter program Bronk said in the end Lockheed’s proposal looks like an f-22 airframe jammed with f-35 intro technology essentially stripping the best part of each chips and combining them in a plane that would out class either if it can stomach the costs then not only would Japan have a fantastic fighter on its hands but perhaps problematically it would be more capable than anything the US Air Force is flying it Bronk explained in the end the US Air Force would end up in a very difficult position having to live with Japan getting a better fighter or spending money earmarked for f-35s which the u.s.
sees as the future of its force on another aircraft it didn’t come up with .
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