Japan's First F-35A on Display

Japan's First F-35A on Display 28 September, 2016

Lockheed Martin rolled out the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II on 23 September at the company’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Japan’s State Minister of Defense referred the F-35 in his speech as the most advanced air system with cutting-edge capability as a multi-role fighter. Japan signed an agreement for 42 F-35As with Lockheed Martin in June 2012 to replace aging F-4 “Kai” Phantom fleet, enhancing the Japan-US alliance in military by this contract. The F-35 Lightning II beat BAE’s Eurofighter Typhoon, as well as an upgraded F/A-18E Super Hornet from Boeing. 

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