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Japan has ordered an initial batch of four Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) hopes to buy a total of 42 of the stealthy fifth-generation fighters to replace its geriatric fleet of McDonnell Douglas F-4J Kai Phantoms.
"Lockheed Martin is honored that Japan's Ministry of Defense and the United States Government have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the first four of 42 F-35A Lightning II 5th Generation multirole fighters," Lockheed says.
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articl ... 5s-373704/