Japanese Media: Hidden Troubles in US-Japan Alliance Relations Caused by F-35A Crash

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 Japanese Media: Hidden Troubles in US-Japan Alliance Relations Caused by F-35A Crash


F-35A fighter

The crash of F-35A, which is expected to be the main fighter of the new generation of JASDF, caused waves in the governments of the United States and Japan. In addition to the loopholes in Japans air defense capabilities that may arise from the grounding, a large number of Japanese government procurement plans based on the intentions of US President Trump may also be overshadowed. Before the U.S. -Japan summit later this month, the crash laid a hidden danger to the alliance.

black box

Its a very regrettable situation. Japans Kyodo News Agency reported that on the morning of April 10, Iwaya Iwata, who arrived in the Ministry of Defence, concluded with bitter expression that the F-35A, which was disconnected from the Pacific Ocean in Aomori Prefecture, was a plane crash.

The F-35A is positioned as the key to Japans defense strategy, and the accident aircraft is the first aircraft manufactured by Japanese domestic enterprises. At the meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party on the 10th, there was also an opinion to hold domestic manufacturers accountable, saying that there was no accident in the United States, is there any problem in Japans operation (backbone Party members language).

Japans Ministry of Defense said that the first job is to find out the cause (Iwaya language), in order to recover and master the key black box and desperately search. The F-35, known as the Fifth Generation fighter plane, has superior stealth performance and is secretive all over (Defense Provincial Cadre Language). However, the water depth of the sea area is up to 1500 meters, and it is difficult to predict whether it can be recovered successfully.

Relevant figures in the Japanese government believe that the time required to get a full picture of the accident may be in years. If the remaining 12 F-35 aircraft are grounded for a long time, it will inevitably lead to a decline in the air defense capability to defend Japans airspace.

Rising to Diplomatic Issues

Around the unprecedented accident investigation, the former Japanese Prime Minister sounded the alarm bell and said, If there are defects, the United States, which is leading the development, will be involved in the problem of the United States and Japan. However, officials of Japans Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that first of all, the Ministry of Defence is responsible, not when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in the lead to prevent the spread of Mars involves diplomatic issues.

An F-35A, which is expected to cost about 11.6 billion yen (about 700 million yuan), is a fighter that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to buy in large quantities at the US-Japan summit in Argentina in late November 2018. To appease Trump, who is keen to cut the trade deficit with Japan, Abe played the trump card and was therefore regarded as a prime ministers project (diplomatic sources language).

If Japans purchasing plans stall, Trump may also be suspicious. The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to hold a Security Consultative Committee (2+2) meeting and a summit meeting in Washington, D.C., in the next month, in which foreign ministers and defense ministers participate. Foreign Ministry officials expressed the idea of trying to avoid overreaction.

Defects

On the other hand, in view of the crash, the U.S. Department of Defense has expressed its concern about future progress in identifying the causes (Defense Department official language).

According to the U.S. military, there are more than 390 F-35 aircraft in Japan and other countries that have introduced the aircraft. It is expected to reach nearly 500 by the end of the year. More than 10 countries have been decided to adopt, and the U.S. government plans to further promote to Greece and Poland. However, as of January 2018, 966 technical problems had been identified by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). From the classification point of view, 111 of them belong to the problem of putting security and important performance at risk, 855 belong to the problem of hindering the implementation of tasks, and 25 may not be solved before the production stage. If the crash accident is also exposed as a body defect, it will undoubtedly damage its reliability. Diplomatic sources said that the impact will be on a world scale, and it is extremely difficult for Japan or the United States to draw a conclusion that it is flawed or wrong. Source of this article: Global Network Responsible Editor: Liu Yuxin_NBJS7825

According to the U.S. military, there are more than 390 F-35 aircraft in Japan and other countries that have introduced the aircraft. It is expected to reach nearly 500 by the end of the year. More than 10 countries have been decided to adopt, and the U.S. government plans to further promote to Greece and Poland.

However, as of January 2018, 966 technical problems had been identified by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). From the classification point of view, 111 of them belong to the problem of putting security and important performance at risk, 855 belong to the problem of hindering the implementation of tasks, and 25 may not be solved before the production stage.

If the crash accident is also exposed as a body defect, it will undoubtedly damage its reliability. Diplomatic sources said that the impact will be on a world scale, and it is extremely difficult for Japan or the United States to draw a conclusion that it is flawed or wrong.