Japan Lays Groundwork for F-35 Buy Japan has begun the process of acquiring Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightnings by preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for short-takeoff-and vertical-landing (STOVL) fighters. The F-35B is the only conceivable candidate. Separately, development of a Future Fighter for entry into service in the 2030s should start in the fiscal year beginning in April 2021, local media report. The government said in December 2018 that Japan will buy 42 F-35Bs, ...

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