Japan keeps partnership options open on F-X fighter programme

Japan has yet to decide on whether to partner with the United States or the United Kingdom on its project to develop a next-generation fighter aircraft, although Tokyo has now confirmed that it will push ahead with a totally new design for the programme.

News reports in Japan earlier in March suggested that the US had already been selected for the partnership role but the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Jane’s on 10 March that discussions with both the US and UK are continuing.

Japan’s partner on the F-X programme – either the US or the UK – is expected to be formally announced later this year. In January the MoD in Tokyo released this ‘conceptual image’ of the new fighter.

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