F-35’s troubled present & uncertain future: Japan eyes local assembly of the fighter jet that faces new problems in the US

Kim Kyung-Hoon 2

The F-35 program continues along its rocky path to full-rate production, facing new challenges such as a persistent lack of spare parts, poor repair capacity, and what is most dreaded – grumpy lawmakers reluctant to foot the bill.

Japan is looking to re-launch domestic production of the F-35 5th-generation fighter jets, local media reported on Wednesday. Earlier, Tokyo opted to purchase the US-made aircraft, but now the F-35’s local assembler – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – has managed to shave the costs.

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