In what appears to be the largest F-35 order outside of the United States, Japan plans to buy 147 of the sixth generation stealth fighters in the next decade.
The new planes will include 42 F-35Bs and will include 18 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) B cariants of the F-35 that Tokyo wants to deploy on Japanese islands along the edge of East China Sea, Lockheed Martin said in a statement Tuesday.
The islands are part of a chain stretching past Taiwan and down to the Philippines that has marked the limit of Chinese military dominance east of the disputed South China Sea.
According to the guidelines approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s committee, two of Japan’s helicopter carrier will be refitted into aircraft carriers that can deploy F-35 fighters capable of short take-off and vertical landings, ABC.net reported Tuesday.
The guidelines would replace the current defense plan midway through its intended lifespan. The work on the Izumo helicopter carrier will be done over five years and the ship would carry 10 stealth fighters, while the refitting of the second helicopter carrier into aircraft carrier would follow.
“Japan needs better deterrence and increased missile defence and fighter capability as North Korea's missile and nuclear threats remains unchanged in the absence of concrete steps to dismantle them, and China's maritime activity has grown increasingly assertive,” the news daily reported.
Japanese ruling party's team working on revising the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) have decided to re-designate ‘Izumo aircraft carrier as a 'Multi-purpose Operation Destroyer' during a meeting held on December 5. Japan is not allowed to operate an attack aircraft and the nation should be limited to maintain necessary self-defense capabilities, according to the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution
The Japanese government is close to buying an uninhabited island in the south-western Kagoshima Prefecture to allow United States forces to practice aircraft carrier landings. The government negotiators and Taston Airport Company, which owns the island, have reached a breakthrough on the issue of price, now set between 11 and 14 billion yen (US $97 million to $123 million),
Airbus Helicopters will add a new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility in the Kobe Airport Facility in Japan, to now occupy a total space of 19,685 sqm. The companys existing facility is capable of accommodating up to 25 medium-sized helicopters simultaneously
Japan is considering the modification of its ‘Izumo helicopter carrier to be able to land and operate the F-35B short-take-off and vertical landing stealth fighter jets. It is also mulling to increase the order of its 42 F-35A land based stealth fighters to 100 which will include a mix of the F-35A and F-35B versions, local media and agencies reported today
The United States State Department has approved sale of two AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS), two Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and two Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.150 billion to Japan
The Japanese government has planned to develop new electronic attack aircraft by equipping Self-Defense Forces transport and patrol planes with powerful jamming equipment to counter Russian and Chinese electronic warfare equipment. The plan to develop electronic attack aircraft is in line with the National Defense Program Guidelines, which stipulate the reinforcement of Japans capabilities to “neutralize radar, communications, and other means of counterparts intending to invade [Japan]
The Japanese government is considering selling some of its F-15 jets to the United States to raise funds for the purchase of F-35 stealth fighters. This would be the first sale of used defense equipment to the US, Washington in turn is eyeing to sell the outdated planes to Southeast Asian countries,
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