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Aerospace & Defense Industries

Japan invites foreign expertise for homegrown stealth fighter

Tokyo seeks development know-how from experienced US and UK contractors

Japan's Defense Ministry seeks to tap the expertise of contractors with experience in developing stealth fighters like the F-35B shown here.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has begun recruiting foreign companies willing to provide know-how for developing the country's next-generation fighter jet, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

The application period runs through the end of August, with American and British companies expected to participate. The ministry will choose partners in early September and begin cooperation that month in information gathering.

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