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GOJ to disburse $1.6 million for research on launch of numerous small satellites  

Asahi said the Defense Ministry decided on Monday to earmark about 170 million yen ($1.6 million) in the FY2021 budget for a study on the U.S. plan to roll out a fleet of low-orbit satellites to detect and track enemy missiles. Defense Minister Kishi told the press that with the allocation of the budget, Japan will be able to look into how it can cooperate with the U.S. in the satellite “constellation” initiative. While quoting a GOJ source as speculating that it may….Read more

  • December 22, 2020
  • , Asahi
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Japan officially taps Lockheed Martin as partner for development of SDF fighter

Saturday’s Asahi and Sankei highlighted remarks made to the press on Friday by Defense Minister Kishi that the ministry has formally selected Lockheed Martin as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ partner in developing a next generation fighter jet to succeed the aging F-2. While quoting the cabinet minister as saying: “Japan will take the lead in developing the fighter while receiving support….Read more

  • December 19, 2020
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Japan to cooperate with UK as well as U.S. on next-generation fighter

The government has solidified its international cooperation framework for the development of components for Japan’s next-generation fighter, which is targeted for deployment in 2035. Japan will cooperate with the United Kingdom in addition to the United States. Research costs for some components will be shared between Japan and the UK, and the costs incurred in the project through the deployment….Read more

  • December 17, 2020
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Mitsubishi Heavy to lead Japan’s fighter project with Lockheed

TOKYO — The Japanese government has outlined the country’s next-generation fighter jet project, selecting Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as the main contractor to lead Japanese and U.S. companies, with American defense contractor Lockheed Martin providing technological support, Nikkei has learned.   The plan for the homegrown fighter jet, which will be jointly operated by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and the American military,….Read more

  • December 11, 2020
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:35 p.m.
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Mitsubishi, Lockheed to join hands in producing Japan’s new jet fighter 

The Saturday editions of all national dailies except Asahi reported that the GOJ is likely to choose Lockheed Martin as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ partner in designing and building a new fighter jet to replace the aging ASDF F-2 starting in 2035. The U.S. defense contractor is expected to develop the stealth technology and integrate various systems to be installed in the aircraft, which will be manufactured by Mitsubishi in partnership with other Japanese….Read more

  • December 12, 2020
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Gov’t to help with transfer of defense equipment businesses with industry subcontractors fraying

By Junnosuke Kobara   Starting from fiscal 2021, the government will help defense equipment manufactures with the transfer of operations, as many of them are mulling withdrawal from the defense sector due to poor earnings. The Japanese defense industry is having a hard time as government procurement of U.S. products is increasing as a result of the sophistication of defense….Read more

  • December 3, 2020
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LDP study group submits proposal on development of F-2 successor

On Nov. 27, the “study group on Japan’s industrial infrastructure and future fighter jet,” a group of likeminded Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members chaired by former Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, submitted a proposal to Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi. The proposal called on the government to develop the successor to the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-2 fighter with a view to exporting….Read more

  • November 28, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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Interview: Rolls-Royce keen to join Japan’s next-generation fighter jet project

Rolls-Royce is keen to take part in the development of Japan’s next-generation fighter jet, which will be deployed as the successor to the F-2 model in 2035. The UK eyes developing its own fighter jet around the same time as Japan and hopes to cut cost by engaging in joint development with Japan. Nikkei recently interviewed Alexander Zino, director for….Read more

  • November 19, 2020
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily , p. 3
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Can Mitsubishi Heavy change “bedrock” of Japan-U.S. joint development?

By Annu Nishioka   At the end of October 2020, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed a Ministry of Defense contract to take the lead in developing Japan’s next-generation fighter jet. BAE Systems of the UK, Boeing and Lockheed Martin of the U.S. have expressed interest in offering technical support. Participating companies will be determined in the future.   The U.S. was….Read more

  • November 19, 2020
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily , p. 3
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Japan welcomes successful ICBM interception test of missile jointly developed with U.S. 

Asahi wrote that the Japanese government welcomed the Defense Department’s announcement on Tuesday that a Standard Missile-3 Block 2A, a new interceptor jointly developed with Japan, successfully destroyed a mock ICBM. “The test demonstrated the missile’s high reliability and capabilities,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told the press yesterday. “We would like to ensure that we can fully deal with ballistic missile threats by steadily deploying the interceptors….Read more

  • November 19, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Sankei
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