Japan Adopts Plan to Procure 105 F-35 Stealth Fighters from U.S.
Tokyo, Dec. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government, at a cabinet meeting Tuesday, adopted a plan to procure 105 F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States to replace 99 outdated F-15 fighters.
The 105 state-of-the-art warplanes comprise 63 units of the F-35A type customized for air force use and 42 units of the F-35B type for Marine Corps use, which is capable of short takeoff and vertical landing.
Japan is now set to introduce a total of 147 F-35 aircraft, including 42 F-35A planes that the government in 2011 decided to acquire. Of the total, Japan plans to buy 45 units between fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2023.
In a new medium-term defense program, meanwhile, the government set a five-year budget of some 17.17 trillion yen, or about 152 billion dollars, for the procurement of new defense equipment.
Japan has introduced such a defense procurement quota for the first time, amid growing pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to buy more U.S. defense hardware.
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