Potential F-22 Raptor Export to Japan
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Japan has expressed interest in purchasing the F-22A Raptor aircraft from the United States. Although the export of the plane is now prohibited by U.S. law, Congress has recently and may again consider repealing this ban. Arguments for the sale include potential benefits to the U.S. aircraft industry, contribution to the defense of Japan and the region surrounding it, and promotion of U.S. interoperability with the Japanese military. Arguments against the transfer include concerns about technology proliferation, the potential for undermining regional stability, and Japans legal and budgetary concerns about enhancing its military. There appear to be at least five U.S. alternative combat aircraft to the F-22 for Japan. Each aircraft presents strengths and weaknesses in terms of operational capabilities, and also vis-a-vis the security, proliferation, and industrial base issues outlined in this report. These alternatives are the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF, the FA18EF Super Hornet, the F-15 Eagle, Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles UCAV, or European aircraft. This report will be updated as warranted.
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