Air Platforms

Japan gears up to boost F-35 support

08 March 2019

Japan is preparing to expand its engagement on supporting regionally operated Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters following its announcement in February that it has been assigned additional maintenance work on the platform.

A spokesperson from the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Jane’s on 6 March that the country's maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade (MRO&U) facility is being prepared with a view to providing such support to F-35 aircraft within the next few years.

The spokesperson said the facility’s initial work will be focused on supporting the airframes of F-35 aircraft operated by the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF).

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