Maybe the Yomiuri Shinbum knows something we don’t? The newspaper’s sources in Tokyo reported on Saturday that Japan has dropped plans to buy the F-22 to replace F-15s. Why? Because the Obama Administration is likely to halt production of the F-22, according to the Japanese newspaper.
I think their sources may be mistaken about the likelihood of the F-22′s imminent demise, but I don’t doubt that Japan’s air force is looking at other fighters to replace the F-15.
The government likely will drop its plan to introduce the U.S.-madeF-22 Raptor stealth fighter to replace its aging F-15 fleet, and willinstead concentrate on three other potential candidates, governmentsources said Saturday.
The moves to abandon efforts to acquire the cutting-edge F-22 followsigns that the incoming U.S. administration of President-elect BarackObama is leaning toward curbing or even halting production of theaircraft, the sources said.
According to the sources, the replacement candidates are theEurofighter Typhoon, jointly developed by North Atlantic TreatyOrganization members Britain, Italy, Spain and Germany; the F-35Lightning II produced by the United States, Britain and othercountries; and the F-15FX of the United States.