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Japan to buy 20 more F-35A stealth fighters in six years, sources say

Japanese military planners are also considering buying F-35Bs, the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) version of the aircraft

Reuters  |  TOKYO 

Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said. "In view of budgets and production schedules a new acquisition of around 25 planes is appropriate," said one of the sources with knowledge of the plan. The sources asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media. The sources said buying complete aircraft from the United States, at about $100 million each, ...

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First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 17:23 IST
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