TOKYO (Sputnik) — In October 2016, the US Forces Japan (USFJ) said that Washington would send the stealth fighters to the Iwakuni base. In December, local authorities approved the deployment.
The United States plans to replace F/A-18 and AV-8 Harrier aircraft with the F-35s in Japan.
Tokyo has a long history of relations with Washington that goes back to the 18th century. The bilateral cooperation has intensified after World War II, as the two nations have established a high-profile cooperation in a wide range of spheres, including in security and economy.
The F-35 project is the most ambitious and expensive weapon system in the history of the US Defense Department, at a cost of some $1.5 trillion.