Tag: Japan Air Self Defense Force

JASDF F-35s made 7 emergency landings before crash. However Japan assures U.S. it will continue to buy the jet.
Japan Air Self Defense Force F-35 stealth fighter aircraft restarted on Aug. 1, 2019. Japan’s Defence Ministry Takeshi Iwaya said flights of Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35 stealth fighter aircraft restarted on Aug. 1, 2019 for the first time since the Apr. 9 crash, Reuters reported. As we...
JASDF F-35s made 7 emergency landings before crash. However Japan assures U.S. it will continue to buy the jet.
Two of the emergency landings involved faults in the F-35 that later crashed. Takeshi Iwaya, Japan’s Minister of Defense, has assured acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan that Tokyo will continue to buy more F-35s despite the crash of a Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Lightning II belonging to 302 Hikotai from...
First Japanese-assembled F-35A has crashed. Twelve remaining JASDF F-35As grounded.
The mishap aircraft, F-35A #79-8705 (construction number AX-05), is the first Japanese-assembled F-35A, and was rolled out in Nagoya on Jun. 5, 2017. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A belonging to 302 Hikotai from Misawa Air Base that went missing on Apr. 9, 2019 has crashed. Debris of the wreckage of the...
Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month
The F-35A stealth fighter was on a training flight 135km away from Misawa Air Base. A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter has gone missing after taking off from Misawa Air Base on Apr. 9, 2019 at 7:27pm local time. "It disappeared from radars,"...
Japan would like to sell its Cold War Era F-15s back to U.S. so that Washington can sell them to S.E. Asia
Currently Japan deploys about 200 F-15s. About half the fleet has been overhauled, but the 100 or so fighters being eyed for a sale cannot receive upgrades The Nikkei is reporting that Tokyo is mulling the feasibility of selling some of its aging F-15Js back to the United States.
Lockheed Martin to offer Japan hybrid of F-22 and F-35
While Lockheed Martin’s proposal for F-22, F-35 hybrid is most suitable, the price is much higher than the $133 million per aircraft that Tokyo is willing to fork out The Yomiuri Shimbun revealed that the Lockheed Martin F-22 with F-35 avionics proposal for Japan is being sold at $177 million for each aircraft. An anonymous defense official says while Lockheed’s proposal is...
Northrop Grumman wants to help Japan build next generation F-3 fighter
Northrop Grumman's bid would compete with Lockheed Martin proposals that include a hybrid stealth design based on its F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor Three anonymous sources told Reuters that Northrop Grumman is interested in helping Japan build its replacement for the F-2 fighter. Northrop has already responded to Japanese requests for information and has held preliminary talks with Japanese defense...
Lockheed Martin to offer Japan hybrid of F-22 and F-35
The country, that is already buying the F-35, would like to field a new air superiority fighter from 2030 to deter intrusions into its airspace by Chinese and Russian aircraft An anonymous source told Reuters that Lockheed Martin plans to offer a new fighter jet that “would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them,”...
Japan pays $33 million more for each locally built F-35A stealth fighter aircraft
The price of each F-35A depends greatly on the foreign exchange rate of each fiscal year and the difference in procurement methods between importing completed F-35s from the U.S. and assembling F-35s in the Japanese FACO facility According to Jane’s, Japan is paying an extra $33 million to assemble a F-35A at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) final assembly and...
Japan to replace some of its aging F-15Js with F-35B STOVL stealth fighters
F-35B STOVL stealth fighters are to be operational by fiscal 2026 with delivery starting from 2024 Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) intends to replace some aging F-15Js with the F-35B and defense officials are mulling the exact number to buy in the next Medium Term Defense Program. The jets are to be operational by fiscal 2026...

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