Military Capabilities

Mitsubishi Electric to provide F-35 avionics maintenance from 2025

19 February 2019

The Japanese Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced on 13 February that the Pentagon has officially selected Japan to provide some avionics maintenance work for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from 2025.

An ATLA spokesperson told Jane's that Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) will be responsible for servicing four avionics components out of a total of about 400 in the F-35. Meanwhile, an MoD source said that the company is likely to carry out this work for F-35s deployed in the Asia-Pacific region, including those operated by US forces.

A Melco spokesperson confirmed the announcement, but declined to disclose where exactly the work is set to be carried out.

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