Japan Confirms F-35B Acquisition

August 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – Ministry of Defense is pleased to inform you that the Air Self-Defense Force’s short-range takeoff / vertical landing fighter has been decided today as follows.
1. Proposer and model: F-35B proposed by the US government
2. Reason for selection: The F-35B satisfied all the requirements for the Air Self-Defense Force’s short-range takeoff and vertical landing fighter.
3. History of model selection work: April 25, 2019
4. Hand over proposal request to requester: June 24
Receive a proposal from the proposer (US government proposal F-35B only): August 16
Decided model by Ministry of Defense
(Proposers, etc.)
Manufacturing company: US government F-35B (US) Lockheed Martin