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U.K. to weigh 'all options' on fighter jet cooperation with Japan

Nations will discuss whether to combine Tempest, F-X programs: defense secretary

A model of the U.K.'s proposed Tempest fighter jet. "I think we're all in the right place," U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on the possibility of cooperating with Japan on development.   © Reuters

FARNBOROUGH, U.K. -- Britain would consider joining Japan's biggest defense program in decades as both nations seek to deploy a next-generation stealth fighter jet in 2035, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Tuesday.

"We are going to explore all the options for Japan joining us on an FCAS [Future Combat Air System] journey, or us joining Japan on their journey," Wallace said when asked whether merging the Japanese F-X fighter jet program with the British Tempest was a possibility being considered by London.

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