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Japan “uncompromising” in ensuring leeway when developing new fighter jet

  • August 14, 2020
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported that despite strong U.S. pressure, the GOJ has vowed to take the lead in developing a jet fighter of its own, explaining that the Defense Ministry has dismissed a U.S. proposal to jointly develop a fighter based on a hybrid model of the F-22 and the F-35 to succeed the aging ASDF F-2. The daily noted that while Japan still plans to tap U.S. and other foreign expertise, such as components related to avionics, since they are superior than indigenous technology, the ministry has determined that local defense contractors will seize the initiative in developing and assembling the new fighter with the goal of reinforcing the foundation of the nation’s defense industry. The article projected that technical and other knowhow to be acquired through developing a new jet will be beneficial for Japan in multiple aspects, such as the combined operations of the MSDF and the GSDF, the integrated operations between the new fighter and unmanned drones, and the interception of ballistic missiles.

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