Wednesday, February 22, 2012
F-35 News, This Week's Fiasco
Now it seems the Japanese are getting F-35-itis. Japanese officials are warning the Americans that they're not interested in delays and cost overruns which may be the only two things the F-35 can deliver and in spades.
The comments from Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura come after Japan’s Sankei newspaper cited unidentified U.S. government officials as saying that Japan had threatened that it may even cancel its orders if prices climbed. Japan picked the F-35 as its next mainstay fighter in December, choosing it over combat-proven but less stealthy rivals.
“When we were selecting the fighter, we asked those making the proposals to strictly observe their proposed prices and supply schedules. Japan has conveyed this to the U.S. from time to time,” Fujimura told a news conference.