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 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.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]