F-35B combat aircraft from the US Marine Corp. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
F-35B combat aircraft from the US Marine Corp. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
Japan

Japan to deploy F-35B stealth fighters from 2024 to step up defence of East China Sea islands

  • Local media reports say the airfield is some 1,030km northeast of the disputed Diaoyu Islands that are claimed by China but controlled by Japan
  • The first squadron for the F-35B – each of which costs US$117 million – will comprise 18 fighters, with Japan scheduled to buy a total of 42 jets

Topic |   Japan
F-35B combat aircraft from the US Marine Corp. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
F-35B combat aircraft from the US Marine Corp. Photo: Getty Images/TNS
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