According to the Nikkei Asian Review on November 27th, the Japanese government is considering purchasing more than 100 F-35 fighters from the United States for more than 1 trillion yen (over $8.11 billion), after Japan has decided to purchase 42 F35A fighters.
In addition, in order to accommodate the take-off and landing of the F-35B fighter, the Japanese government is preparing to transform the submarine-class helicopter air carrier of Haizi into a light aircraft carrier equipped with 10 F-35Bs.
In June 2017, the first F-35A fighter aircraft assembled in Japan was unveiled at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komami South Factory
Japan will purchase an additional 100 F-35 fighters
According to the Japanese Yomiuri Shimbun reported on October 14, Japan decided to purchase 20 additional F-35A fighters. This decision will be written into the Japan New Medium-Term Defence Plan (2019-2023).
The Nikkei quoted sources as saying that Japan is preparing to purchase an additional F-35 fighter jets on the current 42-purchase scale to replace the aging F-15J fighter.
The report said that the purchase was aimed at countering the growing Chinese air power and was also a response to US President Trump's request for Japan to purchase more US goods.
The purchase cost of the stand-alone F-35 will exceed 10 billion yen ($88.1 million), so the order size will exceed 1 trillion yen.
The Japanese government will propose a new medium-term defense plan for Japan in mid-December's cabinet meeting. It will approve additional purchases of the F-35. Japan hopes to replace 42 existing F-35s by 2024. F-4 fighter.
In January 2018, the first F-35A was deployed at the Air Self-Defense Force Sanze Base (Aomori Prefecture). According to the budgetary estimate for the 2019 budget, an F-35A costs approximately 15.3 billion yen ($136 million).
For the takeoff and landing F-35B, the cloud number will be modified
The 42 F-35 fighters that Japan planned to purchase were all A-type takeoffs. In the extra 100, some F-35B models will be purchased for short-range or vertical take-off and landing.
In order to accommodate the F-35B, the Japanese government plans to renovate the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Helicopter airborne aircraft to provide insulation for its deck to withstand the high temperatures of the F-35B vertical take-off and landing.
The Japanese government official revealed on November 26 that Japan plans to write a clause for the multi-purpose mothership in the outline of the defense plan revised at the end of 2018. The ship will actually assume the role of the aircraft carrier.
The Japan News Agency reported that in order not to exceed the scope of special defense, the multi-purpose mothership becomes an attacking aircraft carrier, and the new defense plan outlines the use of the ship and the number of fighters usually carried.
The Nikkei said that Asian countries are stepping up the deployment of advanced fighters, Russia has developed the Su-57 fighter, and China deployed the J-20 fighter in February 2018. Some experts believe that by 2030, China will Manufacture of more than 250 fifth-generation machines.
The Nikkei believes that Trump has repeatedly urged Japan to buy more US goods to reduce trade imbalances between the two countries, and large-scale defense procurement can quickly solve trade problems.
In September 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Trump that the introduction of high-performance equipment, including the United States, is essential to enhance Japan's defense.