11:13 Japan intends to deploy F-35B in Miyazaki Prefecture. Senior officials of the Ministry of Defense met with the local government yesterday



The Japanese government intends to deploy F-35B fighters at the Shintahara base in Miyazaki Prefecture. The picture shows the US Army F-35B.  (Reuters)

The Japanese government intends to deploy F-35B fighters at the Shintahara base in Miyazaki Prefecture. The picture shows the US Army F-35B. (Reuters)

2021/04/06 11:13

[Real-time news/comprehensive report]The Japanese government intends to deploy F-35B fighters at the Air Self-Defense Force Shintahara base in Shintomi-cho, Miyazaki Prefecture. The deployment will be completed as soon as 2024, and a new fighter unit will be established, which is regarded by the outside world as targeting China. Here, the Deputy Governor of the Kyushu Defense Bureau of the Ministry of Defense, Tamaei Ichikuni, also met with Deputy Governor Hikuma Toshiro in the Miyazaki Prefecture government yesterday.

According to a report from Japan’s Kyodo News, the Ministry of Defense initially conducted closed-door talks on the deployment of F-35B fighters, but the Miyazaki prefectural government opposed the closed-door talks and emphasized that in order to convey the policy promotion process to prefectural residents, it would be unacceptable if the talks were not open.

When Tamaei Ichikuni met with Hikuma Toshiro yesterday, he explained that Nitahara Base is one of the possible candidate locations, while Hikuma Toshiro said that the central government has explained the F-35B deployment plan to Miyazaki for the first time, and it is expected that the deployment location will be decided as soon as this year. , Miyazaki Prefecture requires the Ministry of Defense to provide relevant information immediately after the deployment policy is determined, so that Miyazaki Prefecture can determine whether it should accept the deployment plan.

The F-35B is different from the traditional F-35A. The F-35B can take off at a short distance and land vertically. Based on the Japanese government’s mid-term defense plan formulated at the end of 2018, it plans to introduce 18 F-35s by 2023. -35B.

In the future, if F-35B is deployed at Nittawara base, it will be the first time F-35B settles at the Self-Defense Force base. In addition to deploying at the Self-Defense Force base, F-35B is also planned to be used on the Maritime Self-Defense Force frigates “Kaga” and “Izumo”. For the two frigates to be “ship-shaped”, the Ministry of Defense has also included 20.3 billion yen in the Kaga modification cost in the 2021 budget.



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