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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to lead development of next-generation fighter jet

  • September 2, 2020
  • , Nikkei, Sankei
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Nikkei and Sankei wrote that Defense Minister Kono said at a press conference on Tuesday that only Mitsubishi Heavy Industries responded to his ministry’s public invitation to participate as project leader in the development of Japan’s next-generation fighter jet. The papers wrote that the ministry will sign an official contract with Mitsubishi next month or later. The papers also wrote that the company will oversee the entire project by coordinating with foreign firms that will participate in the joint development of the next-generation fighter, which the ministry plans to deploy in 2035 to replace the aging F-2. Kono also announced that seven foreign firms had applied to participate in the project by the Aug. 31 deadline.

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