The shape of the future Japanese fighter force is coming into view. About half of the country’s 201 Boeing F-15 Eagles appear to be scheduled for a heavy upgrade, while Tokyo reportedly plans to buy 100 more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings to replace the others. Boeing and the U.S. government have agreed to work together to support the F-15 upgrade. According to The Nikkei newspaper, some of the stealth fighters will be F-35Bs, capable of short takeoff and vertical landing. The plans ...

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