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Japan's next-gen fighter to be built with US, not UK

Tokyo will shoulder most of the development cost for F-2 successor

Japan seeks to avoid its mistakes from the development of the F-2 fighter jet.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan plans to choose the U.S. as its partner for developing the successor to the F-2 fighter jet, while taking on most of the R&D costs to avoid leaving essential design information solely in American hands again, Nikkei has learned.

Tokyo was weighing the U.S. offer against a U.K. proposal that would have guaranteed it the freedom to update the new planes at will. But ultimately, it decided to stick with its top ally given that their security ties have significantly expanded in scope in recent years. An official decision will made within this year. 

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