U.S. asks Tokyo to pay ¥1 billion for F-35 details

StealthSniper

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U.S. asks Tokyo to pay ¥1 billion for F-35 details
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The United States has asked Tokyo to pay around ¥1 billion for information on the capabilities of the stealthy F-35, a leading candidate to replace Japan's aging fighter-jet fleet, sources said Saturday.

It is rare for a country to be charged such a large sum for information on potential imports of defense equipment.

The U.S. also told Japan that Washington will not provide information on the F-35's radar-evading capabilities until Tokyo makes a decision to purchase it, the sources said.

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will likely discuss the deal when they meet in Japan on Oct. 20.

Japan had initially hoped to procure the F-22 stealth fighter, but Washinton banned its export and announced it was ending production.

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No way our current government is going to go for this. They already want to move away from the Americans and kick them out of their bases in Japan.

I say good riddance.
 

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Hah! 1 billion JPY is merely 11.5 million USD (1/15 the unit price of an F-35). Not a big deal, pretty normal.
 

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Hah! 1 billion JPY is merely 11.5 million USD (1/10th the unit price of an F-35). Not a big deal, pretty normal.
If you know the DJP, there is no way they are going to swallow this fee lightly.
 

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If you know the DJP, there is no way they are going to swallow this fee lightly.
I don't see how they can't, because $11.5 million is a nominal amount compared the the money Japan will be spending on buying F-35s. Which other 5th generation fighter will they buy? Chengdu-made ones? :rofl:
 

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The U.S. also told Japan that Washington will not provide information on the F-35's radar-evading capabilities until Tokyo makes a decision to purchase it, the sources said.
You can't even see the specs before you are forced to buy it... some sales tactic the Amerikans have. :sad:
 

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