On Friday, Lockheed Martin’s Texas-based company held a ceremony to hand over the first F-35A Lightning II fighter (serial number AX-1, Japanese side number 69-8701) to the Defense Ministry of Japan, the blog bmpd with reference to the press service of the corporation.
"The ceremony was attended by State Secretary of Defense (First Deputy Minister of Defense) of Japan Kenji Wakamiya, Chief of the Air Staff (Commander) of the Japan Self-Defense Air Force General Yosiyuki Sigiyama, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Procurement, Technology and Logistics of Frank Kendall and the management of Lockheed Corporation Martin, ”the message reads.
The specified aircraft was rolled out on August 14, and made its first flight on August 24.
Earlier, the Japanese government decided to purchase 42 F-35A fighters. The cost of the agreement amounted to about $ 10 billion. The first 4 vehicles will be assembled in the United States, the rest - in Japan at a specially created for this enterprise “Final Assembly & Check-Out Facility” (part of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries corporation).
Training of the flight personnel will begin in November of this year.
Lockheed Martin / Beth Steel.
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