Lockheed Martin positions fifth-generation fighter for Japan

25 April 2018

US contractor Lockheed Martin is preparing to meet a combat aircraft requirement in Japan by leveraging “fifth generation” technologies possibly sourced from two of the corporation’s frontline fighter platforms: the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II.

Jane’s understands that Lockheed Martin, alongside other rivals from the United States and the United Kingdom, are positioning to meet the requirements framed by a new request for information (RFI) issued in March. The RFI is the latest in a series of such requests in the past two years.

Lockheed Martin indicated to Jane’s that its proposal for Japan will be based on fifth generation fighter aircraft but did not elaborate.

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