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British manufacturer to join Japan’s fighter jet development

  • December 23, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that according to the Defense Ministry, leading UK defense contractor Rolls Royce will team up with IHI to jointly develop the engine for the next-generation fighter jet that the ministry plans to roll out in 2035. As the British government also plans to develop a jet fighter of its own in a similar timeframe, the two governments are reportedly hoping to reduce costs for design and production of their models by sharing R&D costs and technical know-how for a key component.


In a related development, Mainichi wrote that the GOJ plans to earmark 85.8 billion yen ($751 million) for R&D for the new fighter jet in FY2022, up almost 28 billion ($245 million) from this year. Defense Minister Kishi, who secured the budget during a meeting with Finance Minister Suzuki yesterday, told the press afterward that the project is indispensable for the defense of Japan amid China’s rapid deployment of numerous state-of-the-art fighters.

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