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Aerospace / Re: Japan partners with UK to study future fighter
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 01:21:44 pm »
Merged duplicate topics.

Sorry I missed the existing thread.
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Aerospace / Re: Japan partners with UK to study future fighter
« Last post by PaulMM (Overscan) on Today at 12:04:55 pm »
Merged duplicate topics.
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Aerospace / Re: Japan partners with UK to study future fighter
« Last post by Triton on Today at 12:02:04 pm »
"Japan and UK to Collaborate on Advanced Stealth Fighter Jet"
By Franz-Stefan Gady
March 28, 2017

Source:
http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/japan-and-uk-to-collaborate-on-advanced-stealth-fighter-jet/

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Japan’s Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense have concluded an agreement to explore options for co-developing an advanced fighter jet, according to a March 16 press release by the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

The agreement stipulates that both countries will exchange information about advanced aviation technology and also conduct a joint study on the feasibility of co-developing a new fighter aircraft in the coming years.

The press release further notes that Japan will continue to explore fighter jet co-development options with other countries. “Regarding the possibility of international joint development on fighter aircraft in the future, we will continue to exchange views with other countries,” the MoD statement reads.

While the next-generation fighter jet project would be the biggest Japan-UK collaboration on sensitive defense technology so far, both countries are also a working on jointly developing a new ramjet-powered, beyond a visual range air-to-air missile.

During a January 2016 visit, the UK defense minister and his Japanese counterpart agreed to move discussions on the project to the next stage. The aim of the project is to integrate Japanese seeker technologies into the European Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile.

In October 2016, the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) also held their first-ever joint aerial combat drill, dubbed Guardian North 16, in Japan. The exercise involved four RAF Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, JASDF Boeing F-15J all-weather air superiority fighters and Mitsubishi F-2s.

The Eurofighter consortium, which includes the United Kingdom, unsuccessfully tried to pitch the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to Japan in 2011. The JASDF, however, opted for the U.S.-made F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter jet instead. Japan placed an order for 42 F-35 through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program in 2011. The first aircraft was handed over to the JASDF in December 2016.

Nevertheless, the F-35 order is an interim solution and Japan is slated to procure up to 100 new fifth-generation air superiority fighters by the 2030s. An estimated $40 billion contract is expected to be awarded in the summer of 2018 (See: “Japan’s Air Force to Receive 100 New Stealth Fighter Jets”).

As I explained in July 2016, Japan has three options for procuring for the new aircraft: “First, develop an indigenous air superiority fighter. Second, partner with a foreign defense contractor and license-produce a new aircraft. Third, import or upgrade an existing platform.” The UK-Japan joint study falls into the second option of partnering with a foreign aircraft maker.

However, U.S. aircraft makers will remain Japan’s top choice for any future fighter jet co-development projects. Last year, Japan unveiled an experimental fifth-generation fighter technology demonstrator, dubbed X-2 “Shinshin” (formerly the ATD-X), which will be the basis for the JASDF’s so-called (F-3) Future Fighter Program. As I reported last year, U.S. defense contractor Lockheed-Martin is purportedly already involved with the project in some capacity.
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Aerospace / Re: Japan partners with UK to study future fighter
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 11:57:38 am »
This is an intriguing potential collaboration.

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Japan and the UK have agreed to explore options for co-developing a future fighter aircraft, but Tokyo will also continue discussions on developing a next-generation combat jet with other countries, the Japanese Ministry of Defense says.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/japan-partners-with-uk-to-study-future-fighter-435612/
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 11:34:42 am »
Found this interesting article on CNBC about China's secret plan to crush the US space program and SpaceX. 

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/28/chinas-secret-plan-to-crush-spacex-and-the-us-space-program.html

"Though the exact value of China's spending on its space programs remains shrouded in secrecy, many analysts peg its civilian space budget at around $3 billion annually in recent years, a fraction of the $19.3 billion the United States allocated to NASA in 2016. But on that relatively small budget, China has managed to accomplish big things."

It helps when a dollar buys a whole lot more in China than in the US.
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Grey Havoc on Today at 11:01:33 am »
On a amusing note:


ORIGINAL CAPTION: PROPHET MOTIVE Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and OpenAI, inside part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, 2010.
Photograph by Jonas Fredwall Karlsson.


http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/elon-musk-billion-dollar-crusade-to-stop-ai-space-x
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by Grey Havoc on Today at 10:49:41 am »
You beat me to it, though I was going to post it over in the Chinese Space Projects thread over in Space Projects.
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Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by FighterJock on Today at 10:17:02 am »
Found this interesting article on CNBC about China's secret plan to crush the US space program and SpaceX. 

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/28/chinas-secret-plan-to-crush-spacex-and-the-us-space-program.html
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Aerospace / Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX UAV Programs
« Last post by VTOLicious on Today at 07:19:47 am »
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Weiss: don't want to go with a tailless design on MQ25A now that tanking is the core mission..
So back to the old one?

Or a rather conventional airframe? Gulfstream had a nice concept for BAMS back in 2003  ::)
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Aerospace / Re: Japan partners with UK to study future fighter
« Last post by mrmalaya on Today at 07:11:44 am »
Thanks flateric- it looks like they have done nearly as good a job at speculation as we have between us!

From the article, I don't see how FCAS is a threat to a manned fighter though- I would think the French (for their part) certainly view it as a Rafale buddy rather than a Rafale replacement. BAE will be building LO manned fighters for some time to come, so it makes sense to have their unmanned eggs in another basket.

Harrier, what an interesting historical slant on the thing. It would be fascinating to know how many involved in the discussions are aware of that side of things.

Flight Global have acknowledged the story too: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/japan-partners-with-uk-to-study-future-fighter-435612/

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