Japan Will Commission Mitsubishi Heavy Industries To Develop Fighter Jets To Replace The F-2
The Ministry of defense of Japan intends to conclude a contract with the Japanese Corporation Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the development of new fighters that should replace the outdated F-2, according to the Nikkei business newspaper.
According to her, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be fully responsible for the design and production of fighters. The Corporation is also expected to enter into agreements with subcontractors among Japanese and American manufacturers. At the same time, the development of key elements of the fighters, such as the engine and combat systems, will be entrusted to Japanese companies.
According to the existing project of the Japanese authorities, the deployment of new fighters is planned to be carried out by 2035. Previously, the American Corporation Lockheed Martin has already offered Japan a plan to create a fighter with stealth technology, which is a hybrid of two aircraft of this class - the F-22 and F-35. Initially, it was assumed that the UK would also participate in the development, but later Japan abandoned these plans and decided to maximize the use of its own technologies to stimulate local manufacturers.
Earlier it was reported that the cost of the entire project might exceed 1.5 trillion yen ($14 billion). After 2030, Japan would like to replace the 90 F-2 aircraft that entered service with the self-defense Forces in the early 2000s.