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16.12.2011 - Novým japonským stíhacím letounem se stane F-35 Lightning II

On Friday the 19th. December 2011 it was decided the winner, which will replace the in Japan not yet used the age-old machines F-4EJ, including improved versions of the F-4EJ Kai. Most likely to become the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II resulting from the program JSF (Joinst Strike Fighter). The beat in the finals to beat whether or not the american Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet (and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet), and the european Eurofighter Typhoon. Previously were discarded aircraft Lockheed/Martin/Boeing F-22A Raptor (the US government gave permission to export), Boeing F-15 in the improved variant (eliminated due to the diversification of types) and the French Dassault Rafale.
The japanese government would like to purchase it for your self-Defense units of 42 aircraft with delivery dates starting from 2015.

Source: a monthly periodical Kókú-fan (航空ファン) & JWings (Jウイング).
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