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Kawasaki Heavy and NEC to join Japan fighter jet program

Eight companies come aboard to deploy next-generation aircraft in 2035

A rendering of Japan's next-generation fighter jet (Nikkei montage/source photo from Ministry of Defense via Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Japanese aerospace equipment maker Kawasaki Heavy Industries and electronics company NEC will join the country's next-generation fighter jet program, Nikkei has learned.

The program, overseen by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and supported by Lockheed Martin, aims to develop multirole fighter jets capable of attacking land and sea targets as well as engaging in aerial combat. The government seeks to deploy the aircraft as early as 2035.

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