Japan to purchase 105 new F-35 stealth aircraft
- May 29, 2019
US President Donald Trump has announced during his Tokyo visit that Japan plans to purchase 105 new F-35 Lightning ll stealth fighter jets.
“The United States supports Japan’s efforts to improve its defense capabilities, and in recent months we have sent them a large amount of military equipment,” Trump said.
The deal, first announced in December, was confirmed on Monday. According to local media the purchases could total more than $9.1 billion.
The Japanese government first placed an order for 42 F-35As in December 2011. Still, by the time December 2018 rolled around, the existing order was updated. At the time it was reported that Tokyo would be adding 63 F-35As and 42 F-35B variants to its order, in addition to the already placed request for 42 F-35As.