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Lockheed to back Mitsubishi Heavy-led Japan fighter project

IHI, Subaru, Toshiba and Fujitsu among homegrown jet co-developers

Japan's Ministry of Defense signed a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in October as the main developer, with Lockheed Martin providing tech support. (Source photos by Reuters and Japan Ministry of Defense/Kyodo) 

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has outlined the country's next-generation fighter jet project, selecting Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as the main contractor to lead Japanese and U.S. companies, with American defense contractor Lockheed Martin providing technological support, Nikkei has learned.

The plan for the homegrown fighter jet, which will be jointly operated by Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the American military, is set to be announced by the Ministry of Defense imminently. The move comes as Japan hopes to strengthen its alliance with the U.S. in the face of increased Chinese military activity in the Asian region.

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