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Japan-U.K.-Italy fighter highlights advantages of 'minilateralism'

FCAS technology project gives partners more say in international security system

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A model of BAE Systems' Tempest fighter jet at a London arms fair in 2019: It would be unwise to consider the FCAS agreement merely as a defense industry opportunity for the three partner countries.   © Getty Images

Alessio Patalano is professor of war and strategy in East Asia at King's College London and a visiting fellow at the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Center.

The British government looks set to announce an agreement with Japan and Italy to jointly develop a future combat air system, or FCAS, essentially, a next-generation fighter jet.

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