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BAE Systems offers its collaboration for Japanese F-X next generation fighter program


According to information published on November 5, 2020, BAE Systems has responded to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Japanese Ministry of Defence (JMOD), proposing a package of integration support to Japan’s F-X next-generation fighter development program.

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The response to the RFI (Request for Information), which was issued by the JMOD’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, outlines technical capabilities across a range of key areas, which BAE Systems can offer into supporting the development of the F-X program.

Andy Latham, Campaign Delivery Director – Japan, for BAE Systems’ Air business, said: “We firmly believe that we can add significant value to the F-X program. We look forward to further progressing our discussions and we are honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Japan on this program.”

BAE Systems and its predecessor companies have worked with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and international partner nations over the past 60 years on the development of increasingly complex programs such as Jaguar, Harrier, Tornado, Eurofighter Typhoon, and F-35.

BAE Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employs a skilled workforce of some 85,800 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, BAE Systems develops technology that helps to save lives, protect borders and people, strengthen nations, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

The F-X fighter program is a phased procurement program for fighter aircraft for the Republic of Korea Air Force. O October 31, 2020, Air Recognition has announced that the Japanese Ministry of Defense has selected the company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as the main contractor to develop the country’s own next-generation stealth fighter for launch in the 2030s.

The F-X will be a twin-engine stealth fighter that is designed for achieving air superiority. The technology and capabilities the F-X possesses will classify it as a sixth-generation fighter jet.