US approves possible sale of 105 units F-35 fighter aircraft to Japan

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The United States (US) State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Japan of one hundred five (105) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23.11 billion, the US DSCA said July 9.

US DSCA also said that the required certification notifying US Congress of the possible sale was delivered.

“The Government of Japan has requested to buy sixty-three (63) F-35A Conventional Take­Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft, forty-two (42) F-35B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft, and one hundred ten (110) Pratt and Whitney F135 engines (includes 5 spares),” US DSCA said.

US DSCA said the proposed sale of aircraft and support will augment Japan’s operational aircraft inventory and enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defense capability. 

“The Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s F-4 aircraft are being decommissioned as F-35s are added to the inventory.  Japan will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces,” it added.