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Japan aims to deploy unmanned fighter jets in 2035

Aircraft designed to counter China's superiority in numbers

A rendering of Japan's next-generation fighter jet: The Defense Ministry aims to deploy drones to complement these new aircraft. (Nikkei montage/source photo from Ministry of Defense via Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Japan has begun to develop unmanned, remote-controlled fighter aircraft capable of breakneck maneuvers that will be deployed as early as 2035, bracing for further advancements in China's military technologies and the rise of drone warfare.

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