FIRST JAPANESE-BUILT F-35A OFFICIALLY UNVEILED

The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled during a ceremony at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

First japanese-built F-35A

Today, at the F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Nagoya, Japan, approximately 200 people attended the ceremony including Japanese and United States government and defense industry leaders. The ceremony highlighted the strong partnership between Japan and United States.

Last January, MCAS Iwakuni received the first operational F-35B squadron of any service outside of the continental United States. The fifth-generation fighter brings strategic agility, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy to III Marine Expeditionary Force in support of the U.S.-Japan Alliance.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense selected the F-35A as the JASDF’s next-generation air defense fighter in December 2011. The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. More than 220 operational F-35s have been built and delivered worldwide, and they have collectively flown more than 93,000 flight hours.

Source, Photo credit: US Air Force PAO

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