Double the Fighters: Why Japan Wants Domestic F-3s and the F-35
The National Interest -

Charlie Gao

Security, Asia

Specialized roles for both planes.

Key point: The F-35 will provide modern stealth and the new F-3 will patrol for longer distances.

In February 2019, Japan turned heads with its decision to proceed with the development of an indigenous stealth fighter jet. This came in the wake of the decision to purchase more than one hundred American F-35 jets, and the supposed cancellation of the Japanese X-2 stealth fighter prototype in 2018.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense...

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