The American general commented on the suspension of the Japanese factory for the production of F-35


In the US, they commented on the Japanese decision to suspend the Mitsubishi concern due to an outbreak of coronavirus. We are talking about the plant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which works with the American company Lockheed Martin for the joint production of 5th generation fighters.


American journalists asked the representatives of the American company and the military how the decision to suspend the work of the Japanese plant could affect the production schedule of military aircraft.

The head of the Joint Management of the F-35 program, Lieutenant General Eric Frick:

I was informed yesterday that, in accordance with the instructions of the Japanese government, they suspended the work of the final assembly shop for F-35 fighters. They said the downtime would last a week. For the time being, the sale of finished products at the Nagoya plant is also prohibited. This should affect the implementation of the aircraft program for Japan. The decision of the Japanese side should not affect other programs.

At the same time, materials appeared in the US media that Lockheed Martin restricted travel for its employees not only to Japan, but also to Italy, where components for the F-35 are also being produced and where an outbreak of coronavirus has also been recorded. As noted, this can lead to problems with the supply of spare parts for US-made fighters, which are in service with the air forces of European NATO countries.

Lieutenant General Eric Frick:

We will continue to monitor the situation and respond to developments.
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  1. Uncle lee 5 March 2020 09: 26 New
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    F-35 fighter final assembly workshop suspended
    Oh, this virus, cooler than the SAM request
    1. bessmertniy 5 March 2020 09: 46 New
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      Maybe for prevention, in general, destroy the aircraft already assembled by the Japanese. what Then it’s sure that the infection will not be transmitted through them! repeat
      1. Vasyan1971 5 March 2020 10: 02 New
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        Quote: bessmertniy
        Maybe for prevention, in general, destroy the aircraft already assembled by the Japanese.

        Correctly! Burn, nafig with the plant away from sin. I am for!
        1. Ros 56 5 March 2020 10: 18 New
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          Or maybe your proposal can be creatively developed to a global scale? lol
          1. Vasyan1971 5 March 2020 10: 19 New
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            Quote: Ros 56
            Or maybe your proposal can be creatively developed to a global scale? lol

            Alas, this is not in my power ... I can only put it on the agenda and vote in a referendum.
  2. rocket757 5 March 2020 09: 54 New
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    This is logical, expected ... the virus rules the planet, it will also be obvious very soon!
  3. rotmistr60 5 March 2020 10: 55 New
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    Well, they suspended the assembly for a week, but this makes us cold, not hot. These aircraft are already in service and one less, one does not play a greater role for us. The main thing is that our air defense, if necessary, knocked them down.