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Japan: the F-2 substitute will be a totally new aircraft
Possible participation in the "Tempest" program?
Japan could develop a combat aircraft autonomously to replace the Mitsubishi F-2 -the Japanese version of the US F-16-, since the Defense Ministry refused Lockheed Martin's proposal for the F-22, by Boeing for the F-15 and BAE Systems for the Typhoon. A choice linked to the fact that the Japanese aeronautics would keep the F-2 in service until 2030, and the expectation would be to have the opportunity...
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency