Thursday, 26 July 2018

Japan considering collaborating with the UK on the Tempest future fighter aircraft

Tempest future fighter aircraft - BAE Systems

Japan indicates possible Tempest collaboration with UK

Jon Grevatt - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

26 July 2018
Japan is considering engaging with the United Kingdom on its newly disclosed Combat Air Strategy and its plans to develop the Tempest future fighter aircraft, a model of which was unveiled at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July.

This engagement will proceed through Japan’s continuing programme to evaluate options in support of its plan to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) Mitsubishi F-2 fighters.

Citing Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo confirmed in a recent statement that Japan and the UK have had an “exchange of opinions” about the possibility of a joint air combat project to meet the JASDF’s requirements.


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