Japan just finalized the details of a massive order that will see them purchase one of the best warplanes in the world.
According to Defense News, Japan just signed a deal to purchase their first batch of F-35A fighter jets. The planes will be manufactured by America’s Lockheed Martin and assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya.
Japan Times says that the first F-35A will roll off of the line on Monday and will be the first of 38. In addition, another four F-35s will be delivered from the United States, for a grand total of 42.
“Seeing the first Japanese built F-35A is a testament to the global nature of this program,” F-35 program executive officer Vice Adm. Mat Winter told a rollout crowd of over 200 people. “The F-35 will enhance the strength of our security alliances and reinforce long-established bonds with our allies through training opportunities, exercises and military-to-military events.”
“What the public doesn’t realize is how dominant the difference in information is,” retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Dan Flatley said. With the F-35, other pilots “may have a general idea that there’s an F-35 out there, but they don’t know exactly where we are.”
“Everything they see becomes the F-35 out there,” Flatley added. “Every radar hit, every communication is about the stealth jet. They want to illuminate or eliminate a threat they can’t handle.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
While the F-35 is the equal of most modern fighters in terms of outright performance — speed, turning, maneuverability, that sort of thing — one of the pilots that designed the curriculum for training F-35 flyers told Business Insider the plane’s real advantage lies in its advanced stealth features and electronics.
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