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No, Japan's previously bought marine GTs for its warships from the UK, technology for warship AESA radars from Thales Nederland, jet engines for the F-1 fighter & T-2 trainer from RR/Turbomeca, helicopters from AgustaWestland & Eurocopter, 76 & 127mm guns for ships from Oto Melara, FH70 155mm guns . .

 

Much of that lot has been built under licence.

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Countries like Japan that received the protection of the United States during the Cold War were tacitly obligated to either buy American or to otherwise not damage the bottom line of the U.S. military industrial complex.

 

The Japan of today is seeking to change that profit equation.

 

To do so, export restrictions must be lifted and the military must be expanded in role, technology level, and size. This was unthinkable just 25 years ago, when Japan was still dealing with the effects of the Toshiba disaster.

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The combat Winnebago certainly is large.

:lol:

 

I would have compared the Bushmaster rather with a small bus, but a RV is also a good comparison.

 

The Bushmaster is the first foreign made military acquisition not made in USA I think?

 

 

Buy American! Japan needs to get themselves some ass kickin' EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicles.

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Two 8200 ton standard weight Aegis Destroyers are under development, one funded by the 2015 defense budget and the following funded by the 2016 defense budget. The giving standard weight is 500 tons heavier than the Atago class.

 

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The super structure looks cluttered. I thought today a clean outside shell was desired to reduce the radar signature?

 

 

What is a COGLAG engine?

 

edit: japanese wiki knows https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/COGLAG

 

(英語 : COmbined G as turbine e Lectric A nd G as turbine, COGLAG )

 

I guess to have more electric power generation.

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The super structure looks cluttered. I thought today a clean outside shell was desired to reduce the radar signature?

 

 

What is a COGLAG engine?

 

edit: japanese wiki knows https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/COGLAG

 

(英語 : COmbined G as turbine e Lectric A nd G as turbine, COGLAG )

 

I guess to have more electric power generation.

 

The wiki says that fuel economy is bad during low speed and cruising so more than 1 gas turbine engine is installed. During low speed or cruising, only 1 engine is used which uses a turbo-electric type of electric propulsion in order to increase fuel economy and to extend range. During high speeds, both (or all) engines are used.

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The "Shinshin" or "ATD-X" also now called just the "X-2" demonstrator was presented to journalists at the Mitsubishi Nagoya Aerospace factory today. It has performed testing on the runway and will make it's first flight no earlier than the middle of February. For that first flight test, it'll fly from Nagoya airport to ASDF Gifu airbase. It'll fly a maximum of 200 hours for 2016.

 

For the 8 years since 2009, the cost of the X-2 was 39.4 billion yen (about 350 million US dollars). The successor of the F-2, the F-3, is being aimed to enter service in the 2030s. The F-3 is meant to go beyond 5th generation fighters and be a 6th generation stealth counter fighter.

 

In 2018, it will decided whether or not to develop the F-3 entirely domestically or with international cooperation. And it will be decided if the F-3 should be exportable.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.jp/2016/01/27/japan-first-stealth-jet-fighter_n_9094472.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures in the link below.

 

http://www.sankei.com/politics/photos/160128/plt1601280013-p1.html

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The Japanese need something with props for Kaga. Say, Super Tucano? Put some AAMs and a proper radar on half of them and yuo of having into fighter wing, as well :D

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I seem to recall that the US had developed (prototype) "rocket ramjets" where the ramjet internals were filled with solid rocket fuel to act as a boost phase, then switching to ramjet thereafter (with presumably a liquid injected fuel). Might have been in the context of either 120mm ramjet boosted rounds or maybe one of the proposed hypersonic ATGM designs that was all the rage 10 years ago or so.

Dunno about US ramjet tank AP rounds, but at least the Soviet ones were found to be lacking precision. Would not be a problem if guidance tech robust enough to survive a stout gun launch were available by then. Today, dunno...
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The 2016 defense budget includes the acquisition of one C-2. Plans are to eventually acquire 20-40 of them.

A correction. While on page 12 of the 2016 defense budget doesn't specifically indicate the number of C-2s to be procured, so it seemed like just one. Note on the same page it has 4 ospreys, 36 MCVs, and 11 AAV7s.

http://www.mod.go.jp/j/yosan/2016/yosan.pdf

 

New news articles like the following one report three C-2s will be deployed to Miho Air Base in Tottori Prefecture during the year. Eight will be deployed by the end of 2018.

http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160316/k00/00m/040/035000c

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Chief Cabinet Secretary (Suga Yoshihide) said at a press conference on March 17th that Prime Minister Abe was going to attend the graduation ceremony at the Japan Coast Guard School on March 19th. It would be the first time for a prime minster to attend a graduation ceremony at the school (Maizurushi, Kyoto).

 

Suga said that "it is to encourage the personnel in the important mission that is directly connected to national interest such as the maintenance of law and security in sea territory around Japan as well as the defense for the sea territory around the Senkaku islands (Ishigakishi, Okinawa prefecture).

http://www.sankei.com/politics/news/160318/plt1603180011-n1.html

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Not long ago, the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency made a contract worth 9,473,060,160¥ with Kawasaki Heavy Industries for next generation onboard electronics observation equipment completly fitted out on an aircraft.

 

In order to mount the next generation electronic observation equipment onto the next generation transport aircraft number 2, improvements and modifications will be made and built into part of the loading section of the fuselage (a section of the C-2 transport fuselage).

 

The picture is of a XC-2 electronics observation modified model on display at the technology symposium [2015]

 

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http://gunji.blog.jp/archives/1054315634.html

 

 

 

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Anyone have info on updgrades to the Mitsubishi F-2, to be designated F-2AU?

 

From what is in the 2016 Ministry of Defense paper, 9 F-2s will be upgraded in air to air combat and 4 F-2s will be upgraded with mounting what is called JDCS (F). That stands for Japanese self defense force Digital Communication System (Fighter). The cost is 3.1 billion yen (27,726,834 US dollars at today's exchange rate). There are no details. I'll post more if I come across any later, unless someone beats me to it.

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Plans for stationing JGSDF on Nansei Islands.

 

 

奄美大島

Amami Oshima: 550 personnel. By 2018.

 

宮古島

Miyakojima: 700-800 personnel. By 2018.

 

石垣島

Ishigakishima: 500-600 personnel. By 2019.

 

These three include civil disturbance unit, anti-ship missile unit, and SAM unit.

 

与那国島

Yonagunijima: 150 personnel. By the end of 2015. Coastal Surveillance unit.

 

 

The Coastal Surveillance Unit arrived a little late, just coming in this month. The unit will be inaugurated on the 28th. Instead of 150, there will be 160 personnel making up the unit. The first group of 21 personnel arrived on the 18th, welcomed by a banner saying "everyone from JGSDF welcome to Yonagunijima". The rest of the 139 personnel was to arrive by March 22nd. The article is March 19th. 94 family members are also being transferred. At Yona Airport, in welcoming the unit, the chairman of the Yonaguni Defense Association said that in long years he thinks that there will be other work developed in relation to the SDF such as farming and fishing. One complained about the effect of the electromagnetic waves from new radar although this wasn't elaborated in the article but that it was said by the chairperson of Yonaguni Reform Council who was not on the island at the time. Another complaint by the council said that it was very unfortunate that the construction of the facilities were not stopped because they will easily fall into the eyes of the enemy.

 

http://www.y-mainichi.co.jp/news/29523/

 

 

Map of Yonagunijima.

 

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Red circle on the left is the planned location for the military post. The red circle in the middle is the planned location for the radar.

 

Military post including barracks, residence, gym, and government building.

 

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Construction

 

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In light of the AAV7 upgrade thread.

 

Mitsubishi and the SDF have been developing a new amphibious vehicle. Since it is just a prototype, if development should go on, the resulting vehicle may look very different.

 

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This is a picture when the actual prototype was first unveiled to the public on October 4th 2015. The project is aiming for a speed of 20-25 knots (37-47kph). It uses the V8 1,200 hp engine from the Type 10 tank so while it is not an engine of relative great horsepower, a feature of the engine is its light weight and small size. Official data on abilities or dimensions have not been released. The web page goes on with more speculation and such based on the photo, but it's all not concrete stuff of course. And then goes on about the EFV and perhaps joint development.

 

http://thutmose.blog.jp/archives/46256981.html

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