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Lockheed Martin reportedly unwilling to share core technology for F-2 successor jet with Japan

  • June 2, 2019
  • , TV Asahi
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TV Asahi reported on Sunday that according to an informed source, Lockheed Martin, which is regarded as Japan’s most likely partner in the joint development of the successor to the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-2 fighter jet, a project estimated to cost over 5 trillion yen, has told Japan that it will not share its data on computer systems and other core technology under the current plan to develop a fighter based on the state-of-the-art F-22s and F-35s. TV Asahi noted that this means that instead of “taking the lead” in this international joint development project as stated in the Mid-Term Defense Program, Japan is likely to become a “subcontractor” of Lockheed.

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