Ministry of Defence Land of the Rising Sun wants in the coming five years to initiate a project to develop a new fighter, who will receive the index F-3, reports Aviation Week. Mass production of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2027. It is understood that according to his ability, he will outshine fighters fifth generation F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II. The focus of the project will be made to develop stealth technology and a strong powerplant.
Currently, the Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is developing a technology demonstrator fighter fifth generation ATD-X Shinshin, first flight is planned for 2014. It is possible that a number of developments of this aircraft will be used when developing the F-3. According to the plans of the Ministry of Defence land of the rising sun, the new F-3 over time will change the outdated F-2 (made on the basis of the American F-16 Fighting Falcon) and F-15J/DJ Eagle. They will be used on a par with the F-35.
Development work to create F-3 Japan wants to start in the 2016-2017 year, and the first fighter layout plan to lift into the air in the 2024-2025 year. Presumably, Japan will not create an unmanned version of the F-3; These aircraft will be manned. According to preliminary data, the Ministry of Defence Land of the Rising Sun wants to buy more than 200 new aircraft; after 2030, they will add a fleet of 45 purchased from the U.S. F-35 fighters.
It is possible that the development of requirements for a new fighter aircraft will be implemented together with the U.S. Air Force, who plan to make a substitute for the F-35 project FX, and with the U.S. Navy, leading the project F / A-XX. Preliminary research work within the project of creation of the Japanese fighter began in 2010; by the Institute of technical research and development (TRDI) under the Ministry of Defense of the Land of the Rising Sun. Works are in the project i3. Presumably, some technologies offer Japan USA.
Motor is engaged in the creation of the Japanese company IHI; company wants to make a power plant capable of developing traction in 15-thousand pounds of force. F135 engine for the F-35 fighter jets capable of a thrust of 12.7 thousand pounds-force and 19.5 thousand pounds-force mode afterburner. The Japanese engine will be used «sawtooth» vozduhopoglotiteley design to reduce radar signature fighter, but his scheme is identical to the South American F119 for the F-22.
With all of this a little bit of Japan with a large probability will create a twin-engine heavy fighter. For comparison, the maximum takeoff weight twin-engine F-15J, which should change the F-3, is 30.8 tons. With all this, each engine fighter capable of developing such traction in 7.9 thousand kilograms-force and 11.3 thousand pounds-force mode afterburner. According to Aviation Week, specifying a value of 15 thousand kg of force, the authorities of the rising sun mean figure afterburner.
Meanwhile, TRDI creates and special radar absorbing coatings for the F-3, which will be hidden in a grid of antennas; they will hunt down the intensity of the radiation radar combat enemy aircraft. These antennas are part of a promising system of electronic countermeasures. To conduct research in this area, the Ministry of Defence Land of the Rising Sun has asked the government 1.6 billion yen (20 million dollars) for 2013-2016.
Japanese military department does not specify which generation combat aircraft will include F-3. In autumn 2011, Jane’s agency reported that in the land of the rising sun has already begun work on the creation of a sixth-generation fighter. Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Air Force is developing requirements for the sixth-generation fighter since the beginning of 2011. Presumably, promising South American plane, the project may join Japan, will optionally manned and able to fly at hypersonic speeds.
Assembly of the first Japanese fighter layout 5th generation — Shinshin — began in March 2011. In Shinshin several technologies will be implemented stealth, including diffusing geometric shape radioabsorbing materials and composites. Fighter will receive a multimode radar with active phased array antenna, fiber-optic remote control system with multiple redundant channels, electronic warfare systems and counter and a single system of information exchange.
This aircraft will be fitted with engines vserakursnym thrust vector control. TRDI also planned to implement self-healing technology Shinshin flight control SRFCC (Self Repairing Flight Control Capability). Its essence is that bortovik be able to determine the acquired damage different parts of the aerodynamic design of the aircraft and correct the work of the remaining parts of the whole so that the return is quite manoeuvrable aircraft.