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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...
Japan could buy EA-18G Growler electronic-warfare aircraft to boost its Anti-Access/Area Denial strategy
Japan's Defense Ministry plans to officially put in a request to buy these specialized aircraft in the Mid-Term Defense Program at the end of the year. Once approved, the acquisition will take place between 2019 to 2023 According to the Nikkei, Tokyo is taking a look at getting electronic-warfare (EW) aircraft and Boeing’s EA-18G Growler is one of the options being...
Japan could purchase F-35B STOVL stealth fighter jets
Officials are still mulling whether to convert some F-35As under order to the B-model or buy new jets According to Alert 5 Weblog a report by Tokyo Shimbun says Japan is considering the purchase of F-35B STOVL stealth fighters so that it can deploy fighters further south in the Okinawa Prefecture. The Japan Self-Defense Force is barred from deploying military aircraft...
Japan could arm its fleet of F-15J air superiority fighters with JASSM-ER standoff missile
Without approaching North Korea, JASDF would be able to attack the country from the airspace over the Sea of Japan thanks to JASSM-ER standoff capabilities According to The Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo is exploring the possibility of modifying the F-15J all-weather air superiority fighter to give it a ground strike capability. Sources said the government is planning to have the Boeing jet carry...
“My goal is to stand up the first F-35 squadron in Japan        as soon as possible”        Lt. Col. Nakano JASDF F-35A pilot As told by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr., 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs in his article JASDF flies first solo mission, the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) national representative to...
First Japanese-assembled F-35A has crashed. Twelve remaining JASDF F-35As grounded.
Acquiring a preemptive strike capability would require a high-level political decision  According to TheJapanNews.com Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated that he will think through a decision to give preemptive strike capability to the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF). Abe would like to give the JSDF such capability because of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs recent developments. In 2016 in fact, North...

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