Japan’s F2 jet fighter is expected to be phased out around 2035. Photo: AFP
Japan’s F2 jet fighter is expected to be phased out around 2035. Photo: AFP
Defence

Japan seeks ‘future fighter’ to help protect disputed island chain from China

  • Japan wants domestic firms to spearhead design and development of the new aircraft but will join forces with foreign manufacturers to replace F-2 jet
  • Its main focus is the remote islands in Okinawa Prefecture claimed by China as the Diaoyus but controlled by Japan, which calls them the Senkakus

Japan’s F2 jet fighter is expected to be phased out around 2035. Photo: AFP
Japan’s F2 jet fighter is expected to be phased out around 2035. Photo: AFP
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