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Thu Aug 22, 2013, 09:19 AM

Japan-made parts to push up price of F-35 fighter jets for ASDF


Japan-made parts to push up price of F-35 fighter jets for ASDF
August 22, 2013

Two Japanese contractors will supply 24 components for the next-generation F-35 stealth fighters for the Air Self-Defense Force, which will push up the price by 50 percent, sources said.

The F-35 will be built mainly by Lockheed Martin Corp., with parts procured in the United States, Britain and other countries participating in the project. The aircraft will be assembled in the United States, Italy and Japan.

According to the sources, the U.S. government has authorized 24 components for the engine and radar system to be produced in Japan. The parts will account for about 10 percent of the aircraft's value.

Washington has said more Japanese-made parts may be incorporated, which would further push up the price.

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