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Japan to procure 40 F-35Bs

  • December 13, 2018
  • , Sankei
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Sankei claimed in a front-page article that the Defense Ministry has decided to purchase about 40 F-35Bs and that the procurement of half of them will be stipulated in the next five-year Mid-Term Defense Program that is expected to be approved by the cabinet on Dec. 18. The ASDF plans to use the first batch to launch a stealth fighter squadron for deployment on the SDF destroyer Izumo, which will be refurbished as a “multi-purpose” warship. However, the fighters will not always be carried on the Izumo in order to deflect criticism that Japan possesses an “attack aircraft carrier.”  

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