Japan To Develop Fighter Jet With The UK And Italy

By Douglas F. Roberts, The Chicago Times

December 9, 2022

TOKYO –  Japan announced Friday that it will develop its next-generation fighter jet in collaboration with the United Kingdom and Italy.  The Japanese government has designated the Mitsubishi F-X fighter jet to replace its aging fleet of Mitsubishi F-2s that was jointly developed with the United States.  The three nations will share current development of their current next-generation fighter jets including the British Tempest that is slated to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon in 2035.

With the growing threat of Communist China, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has boosted defense spending targets over the next five years to 43 trillion yen.  The Japanese government has also expressed interest in developing pre-emptive strike capability and the deployment of long-range missile systems.  Japan has also sought to strengthen alliances with Indo-Pacific and Southeast Asian nations.

According to Japan’s Defense Ministry, the new aircraft will be developed as a multi-role stealth fighter that will exceed the performance of the F-35 and the Eurofighter.  The new fighter jet is expected to replace 94 of Japan’s  F-2s, 144 Eurofighters based in the UK, and 94 Eurofighters based in Italy.