Japan Picks Mitsubishi to lead F-3 or F-X stealth fighter development – On Friday Japan announced it had selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to lead the development of a new stealth fighter jet. A defense ministry spokesman said: “We have awarded the main contract to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.” Japan hopes the new stealth fighter will be operational by the mid-2130s to counter China’s advanced aircraft.
Japan Picks Mitsubishi to lead F-3 or F-X stealth fighter development
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – Japan Picks Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the fighter jet project, expected to cost about $40 billion, comes at an opportune time. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is pulling out of plans to build a regional airliner as countries have imposed travel restrictions due to the ravages of the neo-crown virus, making it difficult for airlines to operate and leaving little cash to buy new planes.
The Japanese government’s decision to support Mitsubishi Heavy’s development of a new stealth fighter is not surprising. Because Mitsubishi Heavy is Japan’s only manufacturer of jet fighters and no other company bid for the contract. Additional suppliers and partners for the project will most likely be identified before the end of the year.
U.S. companies have expressed interest in joining the project, including Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35 stealth fighter, and Boeing and Northrop Grumman, makers of the F-18 Super Hornet. Britain’s BAE Systems Plc BAES and jet engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Ltd. have also expressed interest in the project.
In its budget request for the fiscal year starting in April, Japan’s Ministry of Defense has requested about $730 million to develop the proposed fighter jet F-X or F-3. so Japan’s movement is worth keeping an eye on!
Mitsubishi Heavy is tasked to develop a fifth-generation stealth fighter
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), which must be familiar to those who know the military industry, is the largest military manufacturer in Japan. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries produces equipment such as F-2 and F-15J fighter jets, as well as Type 90 tanks, which play a central role in both the Air Self-Defense Force and the Ground Self-Defense Force. The company is not only undefeated in the Japanese military industry but is also a leader in the world’s military industry.
Ready to Independently Develop Stealth Fighters
By virtue of its own hard-core strength, this is not another by the Japanese defense department appointed a heavy responsibility. According to Japan’s Kyodo News reported, Japan’s defense sector is ready to independently develop the next generation of stealth fighters, for this purpose also set up a special related development department, and even rejected the design of several world-renowned military enterprises, plans for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to take up the heavy responsibility, responsible for the design and development work. It is said that the staff involved in the design of up to 30 people, the investment in research and development costs amounted to trillions of yen, which shows the importance it attaches.
Mitsubishi is responsible for the research and development
The choice of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries naturally has its own considerations for the Japanese Ministry of Defense. First of all, it is important to know that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is responsible for the research and development of the organization as the technology headquarters. The main institutions engaged in R & D technology headquarters are various research institutes, including Advanced Technology Research Center, Nagasaki Research Institute, Takasago Research Institute, Hiroshima Research Institute, Yokohama Research Institute, Nagoya Research Institute, these six institutes involved in the R & D focus on different, but this also laid a solid foundation for the development of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
U.S. companies have expressed interest in joining the program, including Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35 stealth fighter, and Boeing and Northrop Grumman, makers of the F-18 Super Hornet. BAE Systems Plc BAES of the United Kingdom and jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Holdings Ltd. have also expressed interest in participating in the project.
Secondly, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries had previously developed a proof aircraft for the X-2 stealth fighter, which was not in large-scale production, but its strength in tests was not to be underestimated. Therefore, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has accumulated a lot of design experience, which is believed to be helpful in the development and design of this new fighter and is probably one of the reasons why Japan’s Ministry of Defense chose this aircraft.
In addition, Japan has always wanted to cultivate its own advanced military power, to get rid of its dependence on the U.S., knowing that since World War II by international regulations, Japan’s development in the military field has been restricted, most of the weapons need to be imported from the United States. In addition, Japan not only has a developed economy, but is also a world leader in the development and production of warplanes, and for this reason wants to develop stealth warplanes so as to overtake China, the United States, and Russia and become a world military power.
Although Japan is well-prepared for the development of new fighter aircraft, it’s research and development process there are also extremely many influential factors, the biggest of which is from the control of the United States. After all, the U.S. did not want Japan to break away from its control and become another country with real military power to overtake the U.S. as a military power. If Japan ends up successfully launching its own stealth fighter, it is likely that the US will lose key technologies that can control the Japanese, making the situation in East Asia even more complicated.