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Plaza Premium Group inaugurates services in Japan

The company has opened an airport lounge at Chubu Centrair International Airport, with plans to expand its presence further in the region

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Japanese KC-46A completes first refuelling sortie

The initial Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force successfully refuelled another aircraft in-flight for the first time during a test sortie over Washington state on July 20

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USMC F-35Bs damaged in lightning strike over Japan

A pair of USMC-operated Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs have been damaged after the two fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters were recently struck by lightning in the vicinity of Makurazaki, Japan

JMSDF's first XSH-60L prototype takes flight

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has flown the first prototype of the XSH-60L – a further development by the Japanese firm of the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare helicopter

Japan’s first Global Hawk completes maiden flight

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed this maiden flight of the first RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Final Sayonara for Japanese Phantoms

After retiring the last operational F-4EJ Phantoms from service, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has now also completed the withdrawal of the remaining examples of the type

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Phantom Pharewell: Japan bids farewell to the legendary F-4EJ

The legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Phantom II has bowed of service with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. Key.Aero looks at the multi-role fighter's half-century of Japanese operations

Additional King Air 350i special mission aircraft arrives in Japan

Textron Aviation has delivered an additional Beechcraft King Air 350i special mission aircraft to Japcon Inc, ahead of the aircraft’s official handover to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

First KC-46A tanker for Japan takes flight

The first of four Boeing KC-46A tankers for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force completed its maiden flight from the company’s production facility in Everett, Washington, on February 8

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Japan contracts Kongsberg for more Joint Strike Missiles

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace revealed on December 1 that it has signed a follow-on contract to supply more Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for Japan’s Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet