For many years now I have had a F-22 Raptor obsession, I would buy one if I had the money and I screamed like Japanese schoolgirl when I saw F-22s in the Transformers movie. I blogged a long while back that America was refusing to sell F-22 Raptors to Japan, it’s closest Asian ally and it that time the likelihood of Japan being able to acquire the state of the art air dominance stealth fighter which costs 9 billion yen each have been becoming less and less.
A F-22 Raptor – image credit
Why America is holding out
The basic explanation (excuse) for why America refuses to sell F-22 Raptors to Japan is two words “security concerns”. The long explanation is they don’t want a foreign power possessing comparable if not more advance technological capabilities acquiring their ideas and a working specimen and then making a superior fighter in a decade or two as Japan already likes to manufacture combat aircraft on it’s own soil using it’s own facilities after acquiring the license and green light from U.S. contractors. Also what if Russia, Iran or Venezuela got their hands on a a F-22’s stealth, weaponry or related technology?
It was branded by the higher ups in the US congress as massive high level technological secret for a reason and America won’t share this one, not even with their Japanese friends. I still can dream of seeing one in the future though, maybe Jamaica should declare war on America in the future so I can see a F-22 shoot down one of the JDF’s 60 year old British aircraft hand-me-downs, I’d like to make the transition to the afterlife with that kind of bang :D.
More info and images
F-22 Photo Gallery
U.S. doesn’t want to sell cutting-edge F-22s to Japan due to security concerns
Hurdles to a Japanese F-22