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The United States wants to provide an upgraded version of F-22 for Japan to defend the Japanese outlying islands

The United States wants to provide an upgraded version of F-22 for Japan to defend the Japanese outlying islands

Original title: The US wants to provide an upgraded version of F-22 for Japan to defend the Japanese outlying islands.

The F-22 is the strongest fighter in the world today

[Global Times reported that special correspondent] As the United States ' closest ally in Asia, Japan has been stunned by the United States' refusal to provide the F-22 "Raptor" stealth fighter. However, after a lapse of ten years, in the face of the huge temptation of Japan’s next-generation fighter program, the United States has finally relaxed. According to the "Japan Economic News Asia Review" website reported on the 23rd, Lockheed Martin has proposed to provide Japan with the next-generation F-22 containing "advanced functions", and more than 50% of development and production work is handled by Japan. It is even possible to send an upgraded version of the F-22 that the US military has not equipped in order to familiarize Japan with performance.

Priority to get an upgraded version of Raptor

According to reports, according to the plan of the Japanese Defense Ministry, the next generation of fighters will replace the F-2 fighters currently in service with the Air Self-Defense Force, which plans to retire around 2030. In view of the fact that neighboring countries are gradually equipped with stealth fighters, Japan has hoped to introduce the US's F-22 fighter jet, which is known as the "world's strongest", to maintain its air superiority. However, this request was rejected by the United States. In desperation, Japan introduced the "second-class" F-35 stealth fighter. Japan has also tried to develop the next generation of fighters by Japanese companies, but after repeated setbacks, technical and cost barriers prove that this idea does not work. Now that the road has turned, Lockheed Martin proposed to provide Japan with an upgraded version of the F-22 fighter jet on the 22nd, which is expected to serve in 2030. Moreover, the aircraft will be responsible for more than half of the development work by Japanese companies.

The report believes that if the Lockheed Martin proposal is carried out, Japan's defense industry and the Japan-US alliance will be strengthened. Japan is worried that US companies may monopolize the development and production of new fighters. Now the US confirms that "the plan is a Japanese-led framework." 

The US wants to provide an upgraded version of F-22 for Japan to defend the Japanese outlying islands.


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