Japan Ministry of Defense selects Lockheed Martin fighter

Japan’s Ministry of Defense has selected the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) next-generation fighter aircraft, following the F-X competitive bid process.

The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant was offered by the US government with participation from Lockheed Martin.

The initial contract will be for four jets in Japan Fiscal Year 2012, which begins 1 April 2012.

Developed by Lockheed Martin in collaboration with industrial partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, the F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter designed to combine stealth with fighter speed and agility, in addition to fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.