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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 9:09 p.m. PST

" U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp plans to offer Japan a stealth fighter design based on its export-banned F-22 Raptor and advanced F-35 Lightning II aircraft, two sources said.

Lockheed has discussed the idea with Japanese defense ministry officials and will make a formal proposal in response to a Japanese request for information (RFI) after it receives permission from the U.S. government to offer the sensitive military technology, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the proposal.

The decision on whether to release parts of the highly classified aircraft designs and software to help Japan stay ahead of Chinese advances will test President Donald Trump's promise to overhaul his country's arms export policy.

The proposed aircraft "would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them," said one of the sources…."
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 9:52 p.m. PST

Someone has to be able to balance Communist China's power in that part of the world.


Lion in the Stars21 Apr 2018 11:20 p.m. PST

Well, the F35 is a half generation newer…

And the Japanese would have been overjoyed to buy F22s from us.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 3:16 p.m. PST



Generalstoner49 Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

I would personally sell the F-22 to countries like Japan, Israel and South Korea. It reopens the lines, even makes it possible for us to add more.

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