The first F-35A stealth fighter jet of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) is expected to be commissioned to the Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture on Friday, Japanese media said quoting Defense Ministry officials Monday.
The fighter was assembled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. group’s plant in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, and so will be 37 others. The remaining four aircraft will come from the United States.
The aircraft is part of the ASDF 42 F-35A aircraft it is expected to procure in total. The first F-35A squadron is expected to be formed by the end of March next year by deploying nine more aircraft to the northeastern base.
The ministry plans to mount Norwegian-made 500 Km long-range cruise missiles on the F-35As, with the aim of using them for remote island defense and attacking enemy forces on the ground.
The cruise missiles on the F-35A will give Japan the ability to attack enemy bases and should give it an edge in regional muscle-flexing against China. Japan and China have intercepted each other’s aircraft over the sea of Japan amidst claims of intruding on each other’s airspace.
The USAF and Japans Air Self-defense Force held drills with two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers near North Korea in August. “Two US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress assigned to 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, flew from Barksdale to conduct training with two Koku-Jieitai (Air Self-Defense Force) F-15 fighter jets over the Sea of Japan, Aug
A dozen US Air force F-35A stealth fighter aircraft will arrive next month at Kadena Air Base, on Japans southern island of Okinawa, for its first deployment in Asia-Pacific region. More than 300 airmen from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah — including pilots, maintainers and other personnel — will deploy to Kadena to support the F-35A aircraft for its six-month deployment schedule, Pacific Air Forces announced
Japan's air force scrambled fighter jets to chase away foreign aircraft 561 times in the first half of fiscal 2017 through September, down 33 times than last years record-setting figure, the Defense Ministry said Friday. The number of incidents involving Chinese aircraft totalled 287, down 120 from the previous year, the ministry says
US Air Force has ended a restriction that prohibited pilots of a variant of the F-35 fighter jet from weighing less than 136 pounds. The restrictions were imposed after testing showed lightweight could injure pilots or even can be fatal while ejecting from the aircraft
The first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A has completed its maiden flight last week. The jet, known as AX-1, took off at 11:12am and landed at 12:46pm local time
The first Japanese F-35A Lightning II aircraft began its assembly at the Nagoya Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) facility. The aircraft, designated AX-5, has officially begun the mate process, where major components of the aircraft are joined together to form the aircrafts structure, Lockheed Martin said in a statement Tuesday
US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin on Wednesday rolled out the first of 40 F-35A fighter jet of South Korea in a ceremony held in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The remaining fifth-generation stealth fighters are expected to be the delivered to South Korea over the next three to four years
The United States Forces Japan welcomed the first operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft to the Misawa Air Base during a commemoration ceremony, held on February 24. This is the second aircraft assembled at Mitsubishis facility in Nagoya, Japan
The Japanese government is considering purchase of additional 25 or more Lockheed Martin-built F-35A aircraft, to be directly purchased from the US plant rather than assemble locally. "In view of budgets and production schedules, a new acquisition of around 25 planes is appropriate," a Japanese official told Reuters Wednesday
The Singapore government is reportedly evaluating a future purchase of Americas next-generation F-35 fighter aircraft, Lockheed Martins executive said Thursday on the sidelines of on-going Singapore Airshow. "They, I think, are seriously evaluating the F-35, as well as other platforms I'm sure," Lockheed International Executive Vice President Rick Edwards told Reuters this week at the Singapore Airshow, adding, "when they are ready, we will respond
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