Japan is planning to purchase 105 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters, US President Donald Trump said during his visit to Tokyo on Monday.
"Japan has just announced its intent to purchase 105 brand new F35 stealth aircraft. Stealth, because, the fact is you can't see them," Trump was quoted by AFP as saying.
"This purchase would give Japan the largest F35 fleet of any US ally," he added.
The president appeared to be referencing a deal first announced by the company in December 2018. Japan's government in its latest defense budget released in the same month, announced that it plans to acquire 105 F-35A aircraft.
According to Japanese media, the country is eyeing to procure a total of 147 F-35 fighter jets, 105 of which were expected to be F-35As for the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF). The contract for ASDF jets was estimated to be worth a staggering $9.1 billion (1 trillion yen).
An F-35 fighter belonging to the ASDF crashed on April 9 this year. It is said to be involved in seven emergency landing incidents prior to the crash along with four other F-35s out of 13 in service with the ASDF.
Heavily damaged flight data recorder of the crashed Japanese F-35 fighter jet with its storage medium missing had been recovered by the deep sea search vessel Van Gogh along with a piece from the canopy since Friday, Defence Minister Iwaya told a press conference today. The defense minister said the Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) will continue its operation with United States military support to recover the debris of single-seat stealth jet
South Korea has bolstered its surveillance after North Korea fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea of Japan on Saturday. "Pyongyang on Saturday fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast," South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff was quoted as saying by AP
The Japanese F-35A stealth jet, which is missing since April 9 was involved in seven emergency landing incidents prior to the crash along with four other F-35s out of 13 in service with the Japanese Self Defence Force (JSDF). The first accident took place on April 9 when one of the fighters crashed into the Pacific during a routine anti-fighter combat training with three other F-35A jets
The Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter that crashed during routine training exercise reportedly failed to send distress signal before it plunged into the Pacific, Japan's Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) said Thursday. The single-seat $126 million jet had a system that would have emitted emergency alert if the pilot ejected from the cockpit with a parachute, the ASDF was quoted as saying by Japan Times
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