Japan finds parts of crashed F-35 fighter jets
TOKYO: Japan Said Tuesday It Had Reclaimed Some Debris From A Stealth Fighter Jet That Crashed In April, But Was Still Looking For The" Very Important" Ray. Memory That Can Give Clues To The Misfortune.
Almost A Month After The High-tech F-35A Fell Into The Sea Off The Coast Of Northeastern Japan, Neither The Body Of The Pilot Nor The Fuselage Of The Aircraft Were Encountered, Said Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya.
Experts Say That Japan And The US Want To Prevent Debris From Being Recovered From The Aircraft Russia Or China, While Iwaya Admitted Last Month That" There Were A Considerable Number Of Secrets That Needed To Be Protected" ; On-board.
Some Fragments, Including Part Of The Flight Data Writer, Were Retrieved" On Or After May 3" , Said Iwaya, Adding:" The Department Of Defense Is Studying (the Parts), But At This Point The Extremely Important Memory (of Flight Data Recorder) Has Not Recovered.
The Fighter Was Missing On April 9 While Flying 135 Kilometers East Of Misawa, Northeast Japan, On A Training Mission.
The Aircraft Lost Contact With Three Other Aircraft About 30 Minutes After Taking Off.
It Was The First Reported Case Of A Crash By An F35-A, According To Japan ' S Air Self-Defense Force.
Japanese And American Detectives Have The Tail Of The Jet ' Already Found.
American And Japanese Troops Used Data From A Japanese Research Vessel On The Seabed, Along With A US-chartered Special Diving Support Vessel For Deep Sea Operations To Pull Up The Newly Discovered Parts, Iwaya Said.
Japan Implements F35 Axis, Each Costing More Than 10 Billion Yen ($ 90 Million) To Replace The Aging F-4 Hunters.
They Are An Important Part Of The Efforts Of Premier Shinzo Abe ' To Improve The Nation's Military Capacity To Improve Changing Power Dynamics In East Asia, With China Quickly Modernizing Its Military Activities.