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Japan wants to sell old F-15s to US to fund F-35 purchases

Washington considers reselling the used jets to Southeast Asian governments

An F-15 jet takes off from a Self-Defense Forces base in Ibaraki Prefecture. Japan's oldest F-15s began service in the early 1980s.
An F-15 jet takes off from a Self-Defense Forces base in Ibaraki Prefecture. Japan's oldest F-15s began service in the early 1980s.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is considering selling some F-15 jets to the U.S. to raise funds for purchases of cutting-edge F-35 stealth fighters, Nikkei has learned, with Washington in turn weighing the sale of those outdated planes to Southeast Asian countries.

Several Japanese officials have revealed that discussions are underway for what would be the nation's first sale of used defense equipment to the U.S. Tokyo sounded out Washington on the possibility of such a sale as part of negotiations to purchase 105 F-35 jets from the U.S. The two sides are trying to iron out such details as the number of F-15s to be sold and their prices.

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