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Japan to jointly develop next-generation fighter with U.S.

  • April 19, 2020
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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The Sunday edition of Sankei reported that the GOJ has decided to set up a working group of Japanese and U.S. firms on the development of a next-generation fighter to replace the ASDF’s F-2. The paper said that although the UK was once a strong candidate for Japan’s development partner, the establishment of the working group means that the GOJ will make final arrangements to jointly develop the next-generation fighter with the U.S. The fighter will be the first domestically produced stealth fighter and is expected to be deployed starting in 2035 when the F-2 fighters are retired. Monday’s Asahi ran a similar report.

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