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Aerospace & Defense

US or UK? Japan nears decision on partner for next-gen fighter

Tokyo weighs alliance with Washington against flexibility of London proposal

Japan seeks to lead development of a replacement for the F-2 fighter jet. (Photo courtesy of Japan Air Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control.

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