Mitsubishi Heavy Unveils First F-35 Assembled in Japan (News)


Toyoyama, Aichi Pref., June 5 (Jiji Press)—The first F-35A cutting-edge stealth fighter assembled in Japan was unveiled at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries factory in Toyoyama in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Monday.

The F-35A stealth fighter on display in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, on June 5, 2017. (© Jiji)

The Air Self-Defense Force plans to deploy the F-35A unit by the end of fiscal 2017 through March next year at its Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

The F-35 was jointly developed by nine countries, including the United States, Britain, and Australia. Lockheed Martin is the main manufacturer.

Japanese companies did not join the F-35 development, but they take part in assembly and some other manufacturing processes.

The ASDF plans to procure a total of 42 units. Four of them will be supplied as finished products under the US government's Foreign Military Sales program.

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