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Japan deploys second F-35A to Misawa Air Base

18 May 2018

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed a second F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan.

The fifth-generation fighter, which arrived at Misawa on 15 May, was the third aircraft to undergo Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Komaki-South plant in the Japanese city of Nagoya, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo.

Five additional F35As, which are currently being used for training and tests in the United States, are set to be deployed to the base on 26 May, said Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera earlier that day, pointing out that a seven-aircraft unit is expected to be formed by the end of the month.

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