The Japanese government has stopped searching for a F-35A fighter aircraft that crashed into the Pacific Ocean almost two months ago.
US and Japanese search efforts are reportedly closing in on the wreckage of a crashed Japanese F-35A fighter jet.
Japan stood up its first operational F-35A fighter squadron, the 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, on March 29.
The two new Aegis Ashore batteries are expected to become operational by 2025.
Tokyo is reviewing ceasing indigenous production of the F-35A to save costs.
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