First F35 assembled in Japan shown to public
NHK -- Jun 06
Japan's next-generation mainstay fighter aircraft, the F35 stealth jet, has been shown to the public.

The first domestically assembled F35 was unveiled at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plant in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Monday.

In a ceremony, State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya said the F35, the world's most advanced type of fighter, will be important for Japan's national defense. He added that he is sure it will help further strengthen Japan-US ties.

The F35 boasts strong stealth capabilities that prevent its detection by radar. The plane was developed by the United States and 8 other countries.

Japan was not part of the development team, but is responsible for assembling the plane's fuselage and the manufacture of its radar systems and other parts.

Japan's Air Self-Defense Force plans to introduce 42 F35s as its next-generation mainstay fighter. The first one will be deployed at its Misawa base in the northern Japanese prefecture of Aomori by March of next year.

航空自衛隊が導入する最新鋭の国産戦闘機が披露されました。 「F35A」は、レーダーに探知されにくい「ステルス性」を持ち、他の航空機や艦船との情報共有能力に優れた最新鋭の戦闘機で、42機が航空自衛隊に導入される予定です。

News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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