International Pieces Of Missing Japanese F-35A Fighter Jet Found; Pilot Still Missing After Crash in the Pacific.

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  1. Arkain2K

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    Pieces Of Missing Japanese F-35A Fighter Jet Found; Pilot Still Missing After Crash
    April 10, 2019

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    Japan's military has confirmed that one of its F-35A jet fighters has crashed in the Pacific Ocean during a training exercise. National broadcaster NHK reports that search crews have recovered part of the plane's tail.

    As of midday Wednesday in Japan, the plane's pilot, reportedly in his 40s, was still missing. It is not clear whether he ejected before the plane crashed. NHK quotes Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya as saying that the military is focusing on rescuing the pilot and investigating the cause of the crash. He added that the U.S. military is assisting with the search.

    The crash has raised concerns both about the safety of the F-35, which Japan plans to adopt as the mainstay of its air force, and the possible intelligence windfall that any foreign government could score, in the event that they could beat Japanese or U.S. search crews to the missing plane's wreckage.

    The plane took off from Misawa airbase in northeast Japan's Aomori prefecture around 7 p.m. for a combat training exercise with three other jets. There were no signs of any problem until a half-hour later, when the pilot communicated that he was calling off the mission. The plane then disappeared from the radar, roughly 80 miles east of Misawa.

    Misawa is home to both U.S. and Japanese air forces. It is also reportedly a center for the allies to collect signals intelligence. It is home to Japan's first squadron of F-35A fighters, which began operations just last month.

    The Reuters news agency reports that the F-35 was less than a year old. It is made by Lockheed Martin, but the crashed plane is the first to be assembled in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan. It is also the second F-35 to crash in the nearly two decades the plane has been in service.

    Japan has grounded its 12 remaining F-35As at Misawa, as well as other military flights.

    The so-called "fifth generation" fighter plane costs about $100 million, and Japan plans to buy about 150 more of them from the U.S., more than any other customer.

    The purchase affects the balance of payments between the U.S. and Japan, as the U.S. pushes its main allies, including South Korea and Germany, to shoulder more defense costs, including the basing of U.S. troops on their soil.

    For Japan, the F-35 purchase is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategy to build up its military, to cast off its postwar constitutional limitations, to make it more independent of its U.S. allies, and to deter China in long-simmering territorial disputes in the East China Sea.

    China is developing its own fifth-generation stealth fighters and is expected to deploy more of them than Japan, even with its purchase of F-35s, over the next decade and beyond.

    While there are no indications that anyone other than Japan and the U.S. are trying to recover the crashed F-35, the concern that it might fall into foreign hands, such as Russia's or China's, is a reminder that U.S. "forward deployed" forces in the western Pacific operate in a crowded region, where chance encounters and competition with other major powers is a constant condition.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/04/10/7116...hter-jet-found-pilot-still-missing-after-cras
     
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    Crashed F-35A was the first one assembled by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

    (Reuters) - The F-35A aircraft that crashed over the Pacific Ocean near northern Japan was the first one to have been assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, an Air Self Defense Force official told Reuters on Wednesday.

    The aircraft that crashed on Tuesday was the fifth F-35 delivered to Japan's Air Self Defense Force (ASDF), adding that the first four had been used in training in the United States before being brought over.

    A representative for Mitsubishi Heavy said the company had no immediate comment.

    https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1RM0AL
     
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    Could it be foul play in order to steal the tech?
     
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    Probably not, but I'm damn certain that Chinese subs are scouring the bottom of the ocean to find that treasure trove as we speak.

    If they find the wreckage before the Japanese does, they would have saved billions in R&D, depends on what can be recovered.

    Missing Japanese F-35 poses major security headache for US if it falls into Russian or Chinese hands

    https://www.foxnews.com/tech/missin...if-it-falls-into-russian-or-chinese-hands.amp
     
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    It was? By whom? The Chinese?
     
  6. LogicalInsanity

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    This makes Miso curious.

    get it?? get itt?? anyone??
     
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    I think the Chinese have the pilot and the cockpit of the plane. Chinese, Russian, and North Korean submarines are all over the wreckage.
     
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  8. Michaelangelo

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    they’re gonna start implementing self destruct sequences in these jets
     
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    I thought Japan had no military...

    <Huh2>
     
  11. avenue94

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    Seeing as aside from the U.S. they are the strongest naval power in Asia and one of the few blue water navies left...you would be quite wrong.
     
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    Arkain2K Si vis pacem, para bellum

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    I know you are campaigning hard for that WR Shit Poster of the Year tittle, but please do that somewhere else and refrain from polluting my thread with your worthless "contributions".
     
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    Cry more.
     
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    Also see Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. I thought it forbade fighter jets but I guess it doesn't.
     
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    It doesn't even mention fighter jets
     
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    Yeah, like I ever actually read it. As opposed to hearing it cited in class as the reason Japan can't have its own aircraft carriers. I guess they can have the aircraft but not the carriers. I learned something new today at Sherdog U.
     
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    Thanks for the update, TS. I had read briefly about this, but you added some links that rounded out the story a little more. This is really a bad thing in a major way, but not unsurprising, seeing how the F-35 is basically dogshit.

    You think a lot of stupid stuff.

    Edit:
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/the-f-35-the-great-white-whale-of-defense-waste
    https://www.military.com/daily-news...sing-dogfights-f-15s-sometimes-heres-why.html
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/military-admits-billion-dollar-war-toy-f-35-is-fked
    https://www.cnbc.com/2014/07/31/how-dods-15-trillion-f-35-broke-the-air-force.html
    https://nationalinterest.org/blog/b...ighter-has-some-serious-problems-report-42892
    https://breakingdefense.com/2018/01...gun-inaccurate-f-35b-tires-threat-data-cyber/
     
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    You know jack shit about the f35 and its performance
     

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