Japan to Procure Up To 100 More F-35 Fighters

Society Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering additionally procuring up to 100 state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighters, with total costs seen exceeding one trillion yen, government sources said Wednesday.

The additional purchases may be aimed at fending off pressure from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump over Japan's trade surplus with the United States, observers said.

The Japanese government will review its current F-35 introduction plan while working on new national defense program guidelines, the sources said.

A new F-35 plan will be reflected in a new medium-term defense buildup program, the sources said. The new defense program guidelines and buildup program are due out next month.

The F-35 introduction reflects concerns about China's military buildup including the development of its own stealth fighter.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press