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DM Iwaya says Japan to buy 147 F-35 stealth fighters from U.S.

  • January 17, 2019
  • , TV Asahi digital
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TV Asahi reported online on Thursday morning that during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Wednesday, Defense Minister Iwaya indicated that Japan will reinforce its space and cyberspace defense capabilities in addition to its ground, maritime, and air defense forces in light of the qualitative and quantitative buildup of China’s military power. He also disclosed that Japan will purchase a total of 147 advanced F-35 stealth fighters from the U.S., including 42 F-35Bs capable of vertical landing and taking off from short runways. The TV network noted that F-35Bs could be deployed on aircraft carriers in the future and could also be operated from civilian airports in the event that SDF bases can’t be used due to Chinese missile attacks.

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