The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has distanced itself from news reports in the country that it is leaning towards a foreign design in its project to select a fighter platform that will eventually replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2 multirole combat aircraft.
A source in the MoD told Jane’s that programme officials have not made any decisions and that several streams of development are still being evaluated. These include licenced production of an existing foreign design, joint development of a new aircraft with an international manufacturer, the development of an indigenous platform, or a programme to upgrade and refurbish the F-2.
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