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Japan in talks on BAE joining development of next-gen fighter jet

Aircraft is seen deploying in 2035, similar in timing with the U.K.'s Tempest

An image of Japan's planned next-generation fighter. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Ministry of Defense)   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan is in discussions to have British aerospace and defense contractor BAE Systems join development of a next generation fighter jet that the government aims to deploy in 2035.

Japan and the U.K. have already decided to collaborate on engine parts and aim to hammer out the specifics of expanded cooperation by the end of the year.

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