Japan to launch Future Fighter Development Office

07 November 2019

Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed plans to establish in the next few months a dedication division to support the development of a next-generation fighter aircraft.

A spokesperson from ATLA – an agency under the Ministry of Defense (MoD) – told Jane’s the Future Fighter Development Office will be formed from April 2020 and will be responsible for “specific duties related to the development of future fighter aircraft”.

These include, he said, technical investigations, budget execution, information security issues, and the control of intellectual property. The spokesperson also confirmed that the new office will be focused on supporting a Japan-led fighter aircraft project with foreign participation.

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