The Diplomat: Crisis May Scuttle Japan Fighter

16.03.11

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Shinshin

Shinshin. Japanese MoD photo.

by DAVID AXE

The full implications for Japan of last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, as well as the ongoing problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant, remain unclear. But an ambitious and likely pricey military programme could be one of the first political casualties as Tokyo weighs the cost of recovery.

In the early 2000s the forerunner to the Japanese Defense Ministry began developing a new, stealthy fighter jet under the auspices of the Advanced Technologies Demonstrator program. The resulting fighter is known by its nickname “Shinshin,” or “Spirit.”

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3 Responses to “The Diplomat: Crisis May Scuttle Japan Fighter”

  1. Paralus says:

    All the more reason Japan and South Korea should be working together on a new stealth fighter. Both countries need to replace F-4s, have very capable aerospace industries and cannot afford the burden of development and have close ties to the US.

  2. jeff says:

    Japan doesn’t really know the condition of the fighters that were swepted up by the tsunami and I think that will play some part in how it proceeds. While this program may end up scuttled, Japan will likely have to find replacements for most or all of the buried, wrecked, or damaged fighters soon rather than later. Who know’s maybe this sympathy could be enough to change the Congress’ minds about F22s… doubtful, but you never know.

  3. Bill says:

    If anything, the cancellation of Japan’s native stealth fighter program will just push them into the coalition that will purchase F-35′s. The F-22 production line is kaput unless we find ourselves in a major conflict in the next few years.

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