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Japan resumes F-35A flights 4 months after fatal crash

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to all Japan self defense force

thank you for service to country

keep up good job salute

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After 10 ,20 years of build up, cost overruns it turns out that for just one is millions of dollars and just last week (Department of defence) the Pentagon admitted spare parts are a problem as they haven't created a supply chain that can service theses aircraft. So if you buy one its fly time is severely limited. They admitted that a fleet of these is likely to be grounded 90% of the time due to servicing.

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After 10 ,20 years of build up, cost overruns it turns out that for just one is millions of dollars and just last week (Department of defence) the Pentagon admitted spare parts are a problem as they haven't created a supply chain that can service theses aircraft. So if you buy one its fly time is severely limited. They admitted that a fleet of these is likely to be grounded 90% of the time due to servicing.

Unfortunate too, Japan had a promising start with the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries X-2... Shame that they caved to a product with well known faults all around..

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Unfortunate too, Japan had a promising start with the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries X-2... Shame that they caved to a product with well known faults all around..

Although IHI did succeed in making a half-scale engine that was more fuel efficient and had higher output than current engines, it was unsure whether it could be done full-scale. Plus the MOD wanted carrier capable fighters in time for the Izumo overhaul. The X2 would have taken at least 10 more years of development, and since it would not be exportable, would probably have seen the same fate as the F22. An out of production, limited number unicorn.

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@ksteer @BeerDeliveryGuy

The problem with the X-2 program wasn't the jet itself, but the lack of funding at Japanese MoD.

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Yes, I that is true. Thus the issues I mentioned about development duration, upscaling etc....

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Well.., Japan really needs to put them into the sky for now.

Hopefully the accident was not sabotage. They can deal with technical problems. The Japanese are well known for their ability to "improve" upon existing technology.

At least, as far as we know, SK did not get them. So the current SK threats along with their brother NK are somewhat balanced out militarily.

We need out host country to be strong and powerful for our sakes too, regarless of poltical prefences and biases.

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