I am wondering whether F15 EX is going to find its way to Japan? With CCP and Xi resembling “good ole” days of Brezhnev, there is a lot for Japanese to think about.Japans threats are serious. They need both speed and endurance, which usually results in good range, too. They need to be able to loiter, spot small, fast targets, and move rapidly to intercept. The F-22 is ideal for their requirements.
Well as the UK is the only 'level 1' partner, i sincerely hope we are getting the full fat version of the F35-B with nothing held back.
Sounds like Japan has similar requirement to us in Canada. Dual engine, long range. We had roughly 60 F35's ordered but a new government backed out because of dual engine and maintenance cost. If the Gripen had two engines we'd probably go with that. We'll probably end up with Super Hornets.