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Japanese audit says local industry behind schedule on F-35 programme

14 September 2017

Japanese industry is behind schedule on its programme to produce parts for locally operated Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, Japan’s Board of Audit said in a report published 13 September.

The Board of Audit said Japanese industry has not yet fully engaged in the programme and locally produced parts are not being integrated into initial F-35s that the Ministry of Defense (MoD) ordered in 2013.

The report said under the initial plan Japanese industry was scheduled to join the production programme on some of the first F-35s built for the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF).

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