Japan Ministry of Defense chooses Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for Japan Air Self Defense Force next-gen fighter aircraft fleet

FORT WORTH, Texas, 20 Dec. 2011. Japan Ministry of Defense officials have selected the Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) F-35 Lightning II as the Japan Air Self Defense Force's (JASDF) next-generation fighter aircraft. The initial contract calls for four F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant (CTOL) aircraft in Japan Fiscal Year 2012, which begins April 1, 2012.

Posted by Courtney E. Howard
Posted by Courtney E. Howard

FORT WORTH, Texas, 20 Dec. 2011. Japan Ministry of Defense officials have selected the Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) F-35 Lightning II as the Japan Air Self Defense Force's (JASDF) next-generation fighter aircraft. The initial contract calls for four F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant (CTOL) aircraft in Japan Fiscal Year 2012, which begins April 1, 2012.

The F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation fighter boasts fighter speed and agility, fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with principal industrial partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

"We are honored by the confidence the Japanese government has placed in the F-35 and our industry team to deliver this 5th Generation fighter to the Japan Air Self Defense Force," says Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin chairman and chief executive officer. "This announcement begins a new chapter in our long-standing partnership with Japanese industry and builds on the strong security cooperation between the U.S. and Japan."

The F-35 program includes nine partner nations--the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Norway; the global scale contributes to its success and affordability through economies of scale, says a spokesperson. The United Kingdom and Netherlands have ordered test aircraft; Italy and Australia have committed long-lead funding for initial operational aircraft.

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