10:08 GMT +312 December 2019
Listen Live
    F-35

    Japan to Continue Buying American F-35 Jets Despite Recent Plane Crash - MoD

    © CC BY 2.0 / Heath Cajandig / F-35
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    338
    Subscribe

    Earlier this month, Tokyo announced that the whole fleet of Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) F-35A stealth fighters would be temporarily grounded in the wake of a plane crash that happened during drills.

    Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced on Saturday that Tokyo would continue buying American fighter jets despite the recent F-35 crash in the northern part of the country.

    "At the moment, we have no information that could lead to a change in the plans [to purchase F-35A]. We do not intend to change our plans for the acquisition and deployment of such aircraft", the minister said as cited by the Kyodo news agency.

    READ MORE: Fears F-35 Secrets in Danger Rise as US, Japan Yet to Track Missing Jet — Report

    He also noted that Washington had promised Japan full support in investigating the catastrophe by sending a ship that could conduct deep sea search and recovery operations.

    The Japanese jet that sank in the Pacific Ocean on 9 April became the first case of an F-35A crashing, as the model, introduced in 2016, has only recently come into service in various countries.

    Related:

    Turkish FM: S-400 Systems Acquired by Turkey Pose No Threat to F-35 Fighter Jets
    Turkey Insists It Will Remain Part of F-35 Programme Despite US Threats
    F-35 Parts Suppliers Moved to Long-Term Contracts to Reduce Costs - Producer
    Fears F-35 Secrets in Danger Rise as US, Japan Yet to Track Missing Jet – Report
    Japanese Military Found F-35 Debris, Pilot Still Missing - Reports
    Tags:
    Plane crash, F-35, F-35 Lightning II, Takeshi Iwaya, Japan, Pacific Ocean
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik