Japan’s Future F-3 Fighter Jet Leaked

  • Currently, Japan is utilizing the Lockheed Martin-made F-35.
  • According to the leaked images, the Japanese fighter will be equipped with two engines.
  • A more interesting aspect is the ability of the F-3 to generate 180 kW of electricity to use it for the needs of a combat laser or electromagnetic weapons of indirect action.

Information was leaked pertaining to the F-3 sixth-generation fighter jet. Japan is expected to start development of the F-3 in 2021. Currently, Japan needs to protect themselves from China. Japan always had tumultuous relations with China. Conflicts between Beijing and Tokyo go back centuries.

The Mitsubishi F-2 is a multirole fighter derived from the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, and manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, with a 60/40 split in manufacturing between Japan and the United States.

They are more than 800 years old, if you count it from the failed invasions of Japan in the 13th century (1274 and 1281).  To note, Japan announced last month, that it will move manufacturing out of China. Furthermore, Japan expects to have the F-3 fully operational in this decade. Japanese experts are putting forward advanced technologies in the future jet.

It is highly likely the new jet will include a combat laser, or possibly an electromagnetic weapon. Thus far, the F-3 sixth generation fighter jet has been dubbed the Mitsubishi F-3. It can be a contender on the global scale, when it comes to fighter jets.

Moreover, the projected cost of the program is estimated to be $45 billion. The new jet is expected to replace F-2. The F-2 is in the same class as US F-16. Currently, Japan is utilizing the Lockheed Martin-made F-35. Japan does not plan stop using F-35, even when the F-3 will be completed.

Nevertheless, the Mitsubishi F-3 will be based on the X-2 Shinshin. The high-tech X2, which was supposed to have the capabilities of the F-22, is estimated at $215 million per unit. This price tag was unaffordable for the Japanese government, and the advantage was given to the American F-35.

At present, the appearance of the Mitsubishi F-3 is at the concept stage, but some information has been leaked in Japan. According to the leaked images, the Japanese fighter will be equipped with two engines, most likely XF-9-1, with a fantastic afterburner thrust, which is twice the thrust of the AL-31F engine for the su-27. The possibility of equipping the aircraft with engines with a 20-degree variable thrust vector is also being considered, which will make the Mitsubishi F-3 super maneuverable.

The Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin (formerly the ATD-X) is a Japanese experimental aircraft for testing advanced stealth fighter aircraft technologies. It is being developed by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) for research purposes.

However, a more interesting aspect is the ability of the F-3 to generate 180 kW of electricity to use it for the needs of a combat laser or electromagnetic weapons of indirect action, which will allow you to “burn” the enemy’s electronics at a considerable distance. The fighter also has six suspension points for traditional weapons in the internal compartments.

The expected characteristics and capabilities:

  1. F-3 will  receive heavy-duty onboard equipment.
  2. It is expected F-3 will use a  human-machine interface to control the aircraft, which will optimize the data flow to simplify piloting and performing combat tasks.
  3. The body of the aircraft  will perform the role of radar antennas and  will also generate electronic interference.
  4. F-3 will implement an ultra-fast system for processing and transmitting data from all surveillance and guidance systems, starting from powerful ground-based radars.

Overall, all these systems will be built on elements that can withstand high-power electromagnetic pulses. Data will be transmitted via optical fiber and the aircraft’s control system will automatically compensate for losses.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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