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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 02:17 PM

Japan's air force loses contact with F-35 stealth fighter

TOKYO, April 9 (Reuters) - Japan's military said on Tuesday it lost contact with one of its Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters over the Pacific Ocean close to northern Japan.

Japan's first squadron of F-35s has just become operational at the Misawa air base and the government plans to buy 87 of the stealth fighters to modernize its air defenses as China'smilitary power grows.

The advanced single-seat jet was flying about 135 km (84 miles) east of the air base in Aomori Prefecture at about 7:27 p.m. (1027 GMT) on Tuesday, when it disappeared from radar, the Air Self Defense Force said.

The military has launched a search for the missing aircraft and its pilot, it said in a statement.


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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 02:38 PM

1. Disappeared from radar..

Iím guessing it was the IFF (Identification Friend Foe squawking), otherwise what is the point of the F-35?

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