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Japan, U.K. and Italy seek next-generation fighter jet design by 2024

Joint venture aims to develop GCAP plane for 2035 deployment

A concept model of the Global Combat Air Program fighter jet is displayed at the DSEI Japan defense show on March 15.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan, the U.K. and Italy aim to have a basic design for their jointly developed next-generation fighter by 2024 under plans discussed Thursday by the three nations' defense ministers.

The project, dubbed the Global Combat Air Program, will be led by a joint venture among Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the U.K.'s BAE Systems and Italy's Leonardo.

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