Jun 30 2012

Japan inks contract to procure first four F-35’s

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 17:59 onder Global F35 News

The Japanese government concluded Friday June 29, 2012 an official contract with the U.S. Defense Department to procure their first four F-35 fighter jets. Japan chose the Lockheed Martin F-35 in december 2011 after evaluating the Boeing Super Hornet, the F-35 and the Eurofighter. Planning is to buy a total of 42 aircraft, much less than the original planned 100-120 aircraft, as a replacemnet of the F-4 Phantom and other obsolete fighter jets.

Japan will pay 10.2 billion yen (US$ 127,6 million) for each of the planes. Last year the price was estimated at 9.9 billion yen (US$ 123,8 million).

Planning is that these first jets will be delivered to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force in april 2016.

Source: The Daily Yomiuri; 30-jun-2012

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