GETTING FLAK: Japan may cancel plans to buy dozens of F-35 fighter jets from the U.S. if prices rise or deliveries are delayed, its defense minister said Wednesday.
ON THE RUNWAY: Japan said last year that it would buy 42 F-35 jets in a deal expected to cost more than $5 billion. The next-generation fighter is set to become the centerpiece of the U.S. military and allied air forces.
UP AND AWAY: Lockheed Martin, with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, is building 2,400 F-35s for the U.S. and partner nations. The cost has jumped from $233 billion to $385 billion.