Japan begins to develop a new own stealth fighter jet

TOKYO, (BM) – A special group to develop the successor to the Japanese F-2 fighter was created by the Procurement, Technology and Logistics Agency of the Ministry of Defense of Japan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Japan Times.

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According to the publication, the group was headed by a major general of the Japanese Air Force, and it included about 30 officers, engineers and other employees.

Japan plans to launch its next-generation fighter aircraft by 2035 and intends to create infrastructure by the end of the year for joint development and technical cooperation with the United States and Great Britain.

According to the requirements, the new fighter must have an advanced stealth sensor, electronic warfare (EW) and missile capacity equal to or greater than that of the modern stealth F-35 fighter-bomber (USA), as well as the ability to interact in joint missions with American military units.

About 11.1 billion yen has been allocated for the development of the newest fighter in the state budget of Japan for 2020.

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Recall that the United States and Great Britain compete for the joint development of the successor to the F-2 fighter with Japan. In order to “defeat” a competitor in this struggle on the field of Japanese military industry, the United States agreed to disclose the source code for the F-35 fighter software (on the basis of which it is planned to create a new Japanese fighter), as well as to provide the possibility of replacing Japanese components in the new fighter with American ones.

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