National 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 the ...

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

Business 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, the ...

Japan and Australia to provide F-35 fighter maintenance

National / Politics Dec 18, 2014

Japan and 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 Martin ...

National 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 two ...

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

National 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 fighters ...

National 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 ministry ...

National 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 domestic ...