The United States’ Defense Security Cooperation Agency has reported that Japan has asked to purchase four F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets for an estimated price of $10 billion. The Foreign Military Sale request was detailed to the U.S. Congress, and the purchase would also include options to purchase an additional 38 of the fighter planes. The price for the first four jets also covers five additional engines from Pratt and Whitney, as well as navigational and identification systems; electronic warfare system; command, control, communication, and intelligence computers; an autonomic logistics information system; and a trainer for flight simulation.
The sale would be in line with the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, as well as recent U.S. objectives to strengthen bilateral defenses with the nation of Japan. Japan seeks the purchase to add to its operational aircraft inventory, and most of all to strengthen defense abilities in air-to-air and air-to-ground situations. In addition to Pratt and Whitney, the other contractor would be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
In 2010 Canada had budgeted to purchase 65 of the F-35 fighter jets, however yearly price increases have prevent the sale from happening. Japan purchase price has been reported to be much higher than what Canada was proposed to pay, however Japan’s purchase includes all the additional parts, systems, and training equipment that Canada wasn’t interested in.