Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Declining yen may force Japan to delay F-35 purchase

Photo © Tom Harvey/Lockheed Martin

An interesting article over at Defense News on how the declining yen may force Japan to defer the delivery for some of its F-35s. The current plan is for Japan to receive four F-35As from the Low Rate Initial Production Batch 8 (LRIP-8) in 2016/17 before locally assembling the remaining 38 locally by 2021.

The article also touches on other developments in Japan's fighter fleet, such as the moving of a second squadron of F-15J/DJs to Okinawa's Naha Airbase in 2015 and the upgrading of the JASDF's F-15 and F-2 fleets.

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