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Japan to jointly develop new fighter jet with UK, Italy

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( ) -q-27- UNDATED (Correspondent Jeremy House) “developed with Italy.”

Japan has announced it will jointly develop its next-generation fighter jet with the U.K. and Italy.

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TAG: Correspondent Jeremy House reporting. Japan has expanded defense partnerships in the Indo-Pacific and Europe. Japan and Australia also held security talks among their foreign and defense ministers later Friday.

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VERBATIM: Tokyo is looking to expand defense cooperation beyond its traditional ally, the United States. The Mitsubishi F-X fighter jet, which Japan plans to deploy in 2035, will replace its aging fleet of Mitsubishi F-2 jets that it developed with the United States. The nations will merge their current plans for development of next-generation planes – the F-X and Britain’s Tempest, which is being developed with Italy.

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