August 2, 2020

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU THREATEN AND BULLY EVERYONE, BUT ESPECIALLY YOUR SMART AND RICH NEIGHBORS WHO AIN’T GONNA TAKE IT:

China now has to deal with over 300 F-35’s operating near its northern borders. In the 1990s Chinese support for an aggressive and unpredictable North Korea prompted South Korea to become a major developer, manufacturer and exporter of modern weapons. Now Japan, with a larger population and industrial base than South Korea has followed South Korean in an arms race with China.

It’s the latest StrategyPage Procurement update. Japan is primarily buying the F-35A but has decided to add some F-35Bs (the vertical takeoff and landing variant) to its air fleet. The update includes a look at the implications of that decision.

UPDATE: A very related post – Taiwan orders $620 million worth of missiles and upgrades for its seven Patriot PAC-3 missile batteries.

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