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Japan's first F-35A fighter jet made its maiden flight.

| 2016
World Aviation Defense & Security News - Japan
Japan's first F-35A fighter jet made its maiden flight
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force's first F-35A Lightning II fighter jet made its maiden flight yesterday August 24, 2016, the JASDF announced today through its Twitter account. This first test flight took place at Lockheed Martin's Fort Woth plant, Texas.
Japan first F 35A fighter jet made its maiden flight 640 001First JASDF F-35A fighter jet during its maiden flight at Fort Worth, Texas
(Credit: JASDF Twitter account)
According to Lockheed Martin, the first four stealth planes earmarked for Japan will roll off a production line in Fort Worth.

In December 2011, Japan picked Lockheed Martin’s new F-35A stealth fighter as its next fighter aircraft, to replace its aging F-4 “Kai” Phantom fleet. Japan plans to equip the country's Air Self-Defense Force with 42 of the jets, 5 of which are already on order.

The Japan's F-35 fighters production is involving Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. will be involved in work on aircraft bodies, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on mission-related avionics, and IHI Corp. on engines.

In December 2014, the United States Defense Department chose Japan and Australia to be its maintenance hubs for F-35 stealth fighter jets in the Asia-Pacific region.

The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant intended for the U.S. Air Force and other air forces. It is the smallest, lightest F-35 version and is the only variant equipped with an internal cannon, the GAU-22/A.




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