Japan Eyes Lockheed F-35Bs, New Carrier To Counter China Aggression

Japan moved closer to buying the short takeoff, vertical-landing variant of Lockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35, as the U.S. ally mulls building more flat-top carriers.

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Defense officials with the Liberal Democratic Party, Japan's ruling party, proposed buying F-35Bs, which can be deployed from shorter-deck carriers, not just from land bases.

Japan is already buying the conventional-takeoff version of Lockheed's stealth fighter, but the F-35B would enable it to project power farther, potentially...

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