September 17, 2019

US Defense Contractor to Build Upgrade Facility for F-35 Stealth Fighters in Japan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to build a F-35 maintenance repair and upgrade facility in Japan.

August 10, 2019

Japan’s Air Force: Pilot Error Caused F-35A Crash

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Pilot vertigo rather than a mechanical problem was the cause of the crash in April, according to a JASDF investigative report.
July 23, 2019

China, Russia Conduct First Ever Joint Strategic Bomber Patrol Flights in Indo-Pacific Region

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan scrambled fighter jets to escort the bombers, while South Korean aircraft fired warning shots against a Russian plane that reportedly violated the country's airspace.

June 07, 2019

Japan’s Ministry of Defense Confirms Death of Missing F-35A Fighter Jet Pilot

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese minister of defense officially confirmed the death of a pilot who went missing with his F-35A on April 9.

June 04, 2019

Japan Stops Search for Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter Jet

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese government has stopped searching for a F-35A fighter aircraft that crashed into the Pacific Ocean almost two months ago.

May 11, 2019

US Navy Ends Search for Japan’s Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy has officially ended its search for a missing Japanese F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter that crashed last month.
May 08, 2019

Japan Recovers Parts of Crashed F-35A‘s Flight Data Recorder

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Part of the flight data recorder was recovered “on or after May 3,” according to Japan’s defense minister.

May 02, 2019

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets 999 Times in 2018 in Response to Foreign Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
981 out of 999 scrambles were conducted against Chinese and Russian military aircraft.

April 30, 2019

Has Japan’s Crashed F-35A Stealth Fighter Been Found?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A U.S. general says the wreckage has been found; other U.S. military spokespeople deny that.

April 24, 2019

Senior US Navy Official on Japan’s Missing F-35A: ‘We Have a Pretty Good Idea Where it Is’

By Franz-Stefan Gady
US and Japanese search efforts are reportedly closing in on the wreckage of a crashed Japanese F-35A fighter jet.

April 16, 2019

China Conducts Military Drills Involving Long-Range Bombers Near Taiwan, Japan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Chinese military aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait on April 15 as part of a military exercise.
April 10, 2019

Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Crashed

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force confirmed that a missing F-35A has crashed.

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