As the US satrap in the region Japan dutiful complies, the government of Japan will begin manufacturing the US’s latest and most expensive weapons system, the Lockheed Martin F-35 in Nagoya, Japan where 38 F-35A Lightening II will be manufactured. The first four were assembled in Fort Worth, Texas for a total of 42 of this extremely costly aircraft that has been fraught with design flaws. Flaws are expected in almost all new aircraft designed and engineered, but particularly with the F-35, when two days ago, an F-35A burst into flames after the pilot attempted starting the engines. Poof, there went US$98 million up in flames.
The F-35 has been the most costly piece of military hardware to come out of the US and a long list of “lethal bugs” remain problematic for this weapons system. Looking forward to the first Japanese-purchased F-35A going up in flames. Hope the pilot can egress safely, but even that is risky since the F-35’s ejection system has been having design problems. Think Japan will get a refund? Ever wonder why it is that Japan is under enormous pressure because of debt – well, that’s the official story – yet Japan can spring for the money to pay for the “most advanced” and most costly weapons systems ever manufactured?
Japan has mastered the ability to monetize debt it seems? Or maybe Japan holds more gold than what is publicly revealed? It will cost the Japanese US$4,116,000,000 for the 42 scheduled to be manufactured F-35A Lightening II aircraft. That isn’t even taking into consideration the mammoth costs of pilot training, weapons systems, maintenance and upkeep of these expensive aircraft. The F35A’s capabilities include “vectored thrust” for vertical landings and takeoffs, but if you really want to see pilot skill and “vectored thrust”, the Russians are the best pilots in the world, and they do it for half the cost. Consider this when you read the comments quoted in the article below by Yoshinuki Sugiyama, a JASDF general, on the F-35 being a “real game changer.” “Game changer” for who? Lockheed Martin’s financial accounts?
Japan Air Defense Force Rolls Out First F-35 Fighter Jet
September 23, 2016
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The roll out of the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35 jet took place during a ceremony at a Lockheed Martin production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, the defense giant said in a press release on Friday.
“Senior Japanese and US government officials joined Lockheed Martin to celebrate the roll out of the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II,” the release stated. JASDF Chief of Air Staff Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama said the F-35A has remarkably advanced system and the highly sophisticated fifth generation fighter will bring a great development to air operations as a “game changer.”
“In integration with current JASDF assets, it surely promises to enormously contribute to not only the benefit of our national defense but also regional stability,” Sugiyama noted. Japan’s F-35 program includes 42 F-35A conventional take-off and landing aircraft, acquired through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales program, the release pointed out.
The first four aircraft are to be built in Fort Worth and the remaining 38 aircraft at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Final Assembly and Check-Out facility in Nagoya, Japan.