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Japan to buy 105 F-35 US stealth warplanes: Trump

Japan to buy 105 F-35 US stealth warplanes: Trump

US President Donald Trump (left) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a working lunch at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

TOKYO: Japan plans to buy 105 US-made stealth warplanes, Donald Trump said on Monday (May 27), which the US President said would give Tokyo the largest F35 fleet of any US ally.

Trump, in Tokyo for a state visit, said Japan "has just announced its intent to purchase 105 brand new F35 stealth aircraft. Stealth, because, the fact is you can't see them."

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"This purchase would give Japan the largest F35 fleet of any US ally," added the president.

Trump appeared to be referencing a deal first announced by the F35's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, in December.

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Japan's government announced in its latest defence budget in December plans to buy 105 units of the F35A, which performs conventional take-off and landings.

Local media said at the time that the purchases could total more than one trillion yen (US$9.1 billion).

The White House could not immediately comment on the timing of Trump's comments about the deal on Monday.

Source: AFP/hs


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