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Are 105 Extra F-35s the Best Option for Japan's Military?
December 19, 2018

Are 105 Extra F-35s the Best Option for Japan's Military?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The F-35 has always been seen as just an interim solution by Japanese defense planners as the aircraft cannot fulfill crucial operational requirements of the JASDF.
Japan Set to Become World’s Second Largest Operator of F-35 Stealth Fighters
December 19, 2018

Japan Set to Become World’s Second Largest Operator of F-35 Stealth Fighters

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s cabinet has voted to buy over 100 extra F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Japan to Procure 25 More F-35A Stealth Fighters
February 22, 2018

Japan to Procure 25 More F-35A Stealth Fighters

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese military is purportedly also mulling the purchase of F-35Bs, according to sources.

Japan Deploys First F-35A Stealth Fighter
January 30, 2018

Japan Deploys First F-35A Stealth Fighter

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force deployed its first F-35A fighter jet this month.

Japan’s Defense Ministry Confirms Plans to Buy Long-Range Stand-off Missiles
December 11, 2017

Japan’s Defense Ministry Confirms Plans to Buy Long-Range Stand-off Missiles

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese ministry of defense publicly confirmed that it will seek funds for new missiles in next year’s budget.
Japan Mulls Long-Range Strike Capability to Hit North Korea
December 06, 2017

Japan Mulls Long-Range Strike Capability to Hit North Korea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan will purportedly allocate funds to study the possibility of arming fighter jets with long-range air-to-ground missiles.

Japan to Arm F-35 Joint Strike Fighter With Long-Range Stand-off Missile
June 29, 2017

Japan to Arm F-35 Joint Strike Fighter With Long-Range Stand-off Missile

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s military is slowly acquiring more offensive capabilities.
Australia and the F-35 Debate
November 15, 2015

Australia and the F-35 Debate

By Helen Clark
The country’s huge planned acquisition of the much-maligned fighter has stirred surprisingly little public debate.

F-35’s Joint Strike Missile Successfully Completes Flight Test in US
November 13, 2015

F-35’s Joint Strike Missile Successfully Completes Flight Test in US

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The test was hailed as a 'milestone' by the missile’s developers.

Oops: US Close-Air Support Bomb Doesn't Fit on the F-35
March 14, 2015

Oops: US Close-Air Support Bomb Doesn't Fit on the F-35

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Plus, the F-35 won't receive the necessary software for full close-air support until 2022.

Australia to Purchase 58 More F-35 Fighters
April 24, 2014

Australia to Purchase 58 More F-35 Fighters

By Zachary Keck
On Wednesday Australia announced it will buy 58 additional F-35s joint strike fighters for $12.4 billion.
South Korea to Purchase F-35s
March 25, 2014

South Korea to Purchase F-35s

By Zachary Keck
South Korea has officially selected the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to replace its aging F-4 and F-5 fleet.

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