Japan Eyes Lockheed F-35Bs, New Carrier To Counter China Aggression

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Japan Eyes Lockheed F-35Bs, New Carrier To Counter China Aggression

Joined: July 3rd, 2015, 11:54 pm

March 20th, 2018, 9:45 pm #1

GILLIAN RICH 11:25 AM ETJapan moved closer to buying the short takeoff, vertical-landing variant of Lockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35, as the U.S. ally mulls building more flat-top carriers.Defense officials with the Liberal Democratic Party, Japan's ruling party, proposed buying F-35Bs, which can be deployed from shorter-deck carriers, not just from land bases.Japan is already buying the conventional-takeoff version of Lockheed's stealth fighter, but the F-35B would enable it to project power farther, potentially helping offset Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.The party also proposed building a new carrier capable of handling fighter jets as well as modifying its four flat-top destroyers to support jets in addition to helicopters, officials told the Wall Street Journal. An official proposal will be released in late May.Lockheed shares were up 0.6% on the stock market today. Northrop Grumman (NOC), a key subcontractor on the program, rallied 1.2%, and United Technologies (UTX), which makes engines for the F-35, gained 0.6%. www.investors.com/news/f35-news-japan-e ... ggression/

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Joined: July 3rd, 2015, 11:54 pm

March 20th, 2018, 9:53 pm #2

looks like nippon is starting to wake up which should put the fear in china oh so muchthat a nation with a 1% defense spending (per gdp) can right now sink the whole chinpongnavy with their own naval fleet, and now they are getting f-35b's for their fleet!chingpong navy is will be inferior to superior asian race naval fleet very soon.

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March 21st, 2018, 8:46 pm #3

hopsalot wrote: looks like nippon is starting to wake up which should put the fear in china oh so muchthat a nation with a 1% defense spending (per gdp) can right now sink the whole chinpongnavy with their own naval fleet, and now they are getting f-35b's for their fleet!chingpong navy is will be inferior to superior asian race naval fleet very soon.
Imagine if Japs  give 5% GDP on def spending like Russia (around 250billion $)
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March 21st, 2018, 9:29 pm #4

nuke them
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Joined: May 17th, 2004, 6:31 am

March 22nd, 2018, 12:37 am #5

Wonder how much Japan is going to pay for them.
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March 22nd, 2018, 8:25 am #6

It doesn't matter how much they will pay since it won't be combat operational next 10 years at least.
By then China will have plenty of 5th generation fighters and bombers too.
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