Global arms firms showed off  their wares in Japan as it prepared a plan to buy billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment, including 40 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters worth about US$4 billion.

Global arms firms showed off  their wares in Japan as it prepared a plan to buy billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment, including 40 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters worth about US$4 billion.

 The Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s, which will replace 100 aging F-15 fighter jets, are in addition to an earlier order for 42 of the aircraft.

 The new procurement will leave Japan with about 100 stealth fighters, including some vertical take off B variants that could fly from helicopter carriers, in a bid to give it an edge over China in the contested East China Sea.

 "It will be around 40 new aircraft," said one of the sources with knowledge of Japan's five-year plan. 

He described a Tuesday report in the Nikkei business daily that Japan would buy as many as 100 new F-35s as "aspirational".

 The procurement plan, which will be released in December with a paper outlining defence goals, is widely expected to accelerate defence spending increases that are already pushing Japan beyond a self-imposed limit of 1 percent of gross domestic product.

 Despite having a pacifist constitution, even at 1 percent, Japan already ranks as one of the world's biggest military spenders.

 Japan is bolstering defences against North Korean ballistic missiles with two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore air defence batteries.

 It also wants to build a military equipped with modern fighter jets, longer range missiles and drones, as well as ships and aircraft to ferry soldiers to project power along an island chain stretching almost to Taiwan.

 For the year starting on April 1, 2019, the Ministry of Defence is seeking a 2.1 percent increase in spending to 5.3 trillion yen (US$46.54 billion) for the seventh straight annual increase.

 Those outlays have drawn foreign defence contractors to this week's Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in Tokyo. 

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