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Aerospace & Defense

Japan to choose one domestic maker for new fighter production

Mitsubishi Heavy on shortlist to lead development of stealth aircraft

The F-2 Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jet will be phased out by the new stealth fighter by around 2035.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's defense ministry will partner with only one Japanese company to lead the development of next-generation fighter planes, Nikkei has learned.

The selected company will develop and manufacture a replacement for the current F-2 jets as they begin to be decommissioned around 2035. It will coordinate all efforts with other companies from Japan and the U.S. as needed.

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