U.S And Japan Are Confident That China Will Not Find The Wreckage Of The Missing Japanese F-35

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II conducts aerial refueling over the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 11, 2018. (Staff Sgt. Peter Reft/Air Force)

Task & Purpose: US and Japan do not think that China will find the wreckage of a missing Japanese F-35

Top U.S. and Japanese defense officials are downplaying the possibility that the Chinese military could recover the wreckage of a Japanese F-35A that crashed on April 9 in the Pacific Ocean.

The Joint Strike Fighter disappeared from radar about 85 miles east of Honshu, Japan's main island. Although ships and aircraft have spotted some debris in the area where the plane is believed to have crashed, both the wreckage and pilot remain missing.

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WNU Editor: This crash will not impact Japan's commitment to purchase F-35s .... Japan to Continue Buying American F-35 Jets Despite Recent Plane Crash - MoD (Sputnik)

More News On The Missing Japanese F-35 Jet

Search effort closing in on missing Japanese stealth fighter -- CNN
China won’t find lost F-35 stealth fighter first, says Pentagon -- Air Force Times
US, Japan say they’ll get to F-35 wreckage first – concerns China will reach crash site dismissed -- Ottawa Citizen
U.S.: China Won’t Find Japan's Lost F-35 Before We Do -- Popular Mechanics
US to send deep-sea recovery ship to aid in finding crashed ASDF F-35A -- The Japan Times
Japan and US agree to step up search for crashed fighter -- Nikkei Asian Review
Two Civilian Vessels Join Search for Downed Japanese F-35 -- Maritime Executive

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