Japan to buy 105 F-35 US stealth warplanes: Trump

A US soldier guards a US F-35 stealth aircraft at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition in Seoul on Oct 16, 2017.
A US soldier guards a US F-35 stealth aircraft at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition in Seoul on Oct 16, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan plans to buy 105 US-made stealth warplanes, United States President Donald Trump said on Monday (May 27), giving it the largest F-35 fleet of any US ally, according to the American leader.

Mr Trump, in Tokyo for a state visit, said Japan "has just announced its intent to purchase 105 brand new F-35 stealth aircraft... This purchase would give Japan the largest F-35 fleet of any US ally".