Japan's defense ministry recently released the latest concept map of Japan's "next generation fighter". According to Japan's current news agency, the Japanese defense ministry plans to invest 11 billion 100 million yen (about 700 million yuan) in the 2020 fiscal year to develop the next generation of fighters. This is another new project that Japan has launched in the field of fighters following the "mind machine" technology verification machine. There are indications that the "next generation fighter" that Japan is developing is more advanced than the US F-22 export fighter.
Concept map of next generation (next generation) fighter announced by Japan's Ministry of Defense
Japan originally planned to develop a fifth generation fighter to replace the F-2 and F-15J fighters. The final test was the "mind" technology verification machine. From a technical point of view, the "mind" technology verification machine can basically achieve the standard of the five generation of machines other than the power system. If Japan tries hard to develop it, it will not be impossible for the "mind" production. But Japan clearly knows that with the development of the "heart" technology verification machine, the service time should be around 2030, and the situation will be faced with "backward service". Then, instead of continuing to spend on the "mind" project, it is better to directly choose to purchase F-35A fighters to ensure that F-4EJ is successor and then directly invest in the next generation of fighters, which is also the development of the six generation aircraft.
Japanese netizens imagine the next generation of Japanese fighter planes based on the concept map of the Ministry of defense.
At the first sight of the concept map of the "next generation fighter" announced by the Japanese Ministry of defense, the first time in the military chart brain sea flashed the "NGAD" fighter plan announced by the Lockheed Martin company in 2012 (see below).
The configuration of the next generation fighter launched by Japan is very similar to the "next generation air control" announced by Loma.
According to the graph, the aerodynamic layout of the two is highly similar. They are double wing, tailless, stealth fighter with broken line, and there are slight differences only in inlet and tail nozzle. The aerodynamic layout of the "next generation fighter", similar to the NGAD of the Loma skunk factory, can not help reminiscent of the initiative of Loma to join Japan's 2030s fighter plane a year ago. At that time, Loma proposed the plan to build a special version of the five generation machine for Japan on the basis of F-22, but Japan's response was not very positive. From the current concept map released by the Japanese Ministry of defense, Japan's ambition is still relatively large, that is, not only limited to F-22, but rather advanced fighters than F-22.
From the configuration of the concept map, Japan's choice of the "next generation fighter" configuration is very close to the NGAD of Loma, indicating that the performance of the aircraft is at least above F-22, without tail (without horizontal tail and canard). The flight control of the +V tail plane is more complicated, but the stealth capability has been improved accordingly. If the power system can keep up, the flight performance will undoubtedly surpass F-22, and this is also a great change of the six generation aircraft compared to the five generation aircraft.
From the start time, Japan started the six generation of machine research and development time is not too late. At present, the six generation machine development countries can count the number of hands, from this point of view, Japan in the six generation aircraft R & D field started relatively early.