SEOUL, BEIJING—South Korea is moving toward acquiring Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightnings to fill a requirement for 20 fighters, an industry source said, while the defense ministry confirmed plans for an assault ship that could operate the aircraft. An order for 20 F-35Bs is planned, the Jongang Ilbo newspaper said separately, adding that a ship would be able to accommodate 16 such fighters. In 2014, South Korea ordered 40 F-35As, which, unlike F-35Bs, are incapable of short takeoff and ...

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