Aug 23, 2016

U.S. to deploy F-35 fighters in western Japan next year

The central government has informed the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture that 16 F-35 fighters will be deployed at the U.S. military base in the first half of next year. It will reportedly be the first overseas deployment of the F-35. High-ranking officials from ...

First squadron of F-35 jets combat-ready: U.S. Air Force

Aug 3, 2016

First squadron of F-35 jets combat-ready: U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday declared an initial squadron of Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35A fighter jets ready for combat, marking a major milestone for a program that has faced cost overruns and delays. The move is another achievement for the $379 billion program, ...

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 fighter maintenance

Dec 18, 2014

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 fighter maintenance

The United States Defense Department has chosen Japan and Australia to be its maintenance hubs for F-35 stealth fighter jets in the Asia-Pacific region, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Both nations will have some facilities operational by 2018, offering heavy airframe maintenance for Lockheed ...

Jul 17, 2014

Japan, Britain to join forces to research missile technology

Japan and Britain plan to collaborate on researching technology for air-to-air missiles that could one day be loaded on the F-35 stealth fighter jets to be acquired and operated by the Air Self-Defense Force, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. The envisioned collaboration between the ...

Jul 12, 2014

Japan may boost F-35 procurement

The Defense Ministry may increase the planned procurement of F-35 stealth fighter jets because volume production is expected to lower the unit price, according to officials. The government decided at a Cabinet meeting in 2011 to deploy 42 F-35s as the Air Self-Defense Force’s ...

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Jul 9, 2014

Japan may buy additional F-35 jets if price falls, Onodera says

Japan may purchase additional F-35 fighter jets if their procurement costs fall, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday after visiting a Lockheed Martin Corp. assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas. “If the unit price falls, it may be important to reconsider the number of ...

Apr 3, 2014

Japan eyes F-35 maintenance hub under new arms export rules

The Defense Ministry proposed Thursday that Japan host a maintenance hub in the Asia-Pacific region for the F-35 stealth fighter under development by an international consortium, as it outlined a draft strategy to bolster the domestic defense industry under new arms export rules. The ...

Jan 25, 2014

F-35 missile work eyed with Britain

The Defense Ministry may partner up with Britain to jointly develop missiles for the F-35 stealth fighter, sources said. The collaboration would be the second enabled by the 2011 easing of Japan’s arms export ban after a deal on developing suits to protect against ...

Jul 18, 2013

Defense firms to get OK to help build F-35s

The government will allow domestic defense-related manufacturers to participate in production of F-35 stealth fighters for the Air Self-Defense Force, according to sources. The government, which will sign contracts with the manufacturers in August, is aiming to solidify Japan-U.S. security relations while nurturing the ...