No Japan-made parts used in F35s
NHK -- Sep 14
Japan's Board of Audit has found that no Japanese-made parts were used in state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jets, violating a contract with the United States.

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to introduce 42 of the stealth aircraft as the next-generation mainstay fighter of the country's Air Self-Defense Force.

The jet was jointly developed by the US and 8 other countries. Its production started in 2012.

Japanese subcontractors were supposed to join the production the following year, with a view to nurturing the country's defense-related industry.

But Board of Audit officials found that 2 aircraft ordered in 2013 have no Japanese-made parts.

This is attributed to a delay in delivery from the US of materials for the parts.

The officials suggest that domestically-produced parts may also not be used in 4 F-35s now in production.

自衛隊が導入を進めている最新鋭の戦闘機「F35」について、会計検査院がアメリカとの交渉を適切に行うよう求める報告書をまとめました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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