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Aerospace & Defense

Japan targets 2031 production start of homegrown stealth fighter

Plane's development was promised in defense buildup plan

A prototype of Japan's X-2 experimental stealth fighter is displayed at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries factory.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan plans to begin mass production of a cutting-edge, domestically developed fighter jet in fiscal 2031, aiming to start deployment in 2035 when its fleet of aging F-2 planes is scheduled to be retired, according to plan presented Tuesday by the Defense Ministry.

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