Britain’s defence minister, Gavin Wiliamson, unveiled a model of a new jet fighter, called ‘Tempest’ at the Farnborough Airshow, in Farnborough © Thomson Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan, Britain and Italy will announce a groundbreaking agreement as early as next week to jointly develop a new advanced jet fighter, two sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.
For Tokyo and London it represents the culmination of ever closer defence ties, which in turn give Britain a bigger security role in Asia and provide Japan with new security partners that can help it counter neighbouring China’s growing military power.
The push to merge the British led Tempest jet fighter project with Japan’s F-X fighter programme was first reported by Reuters in July. It will be the first time that Japan has collaborated with countries beyond the United States on a major defence equipment project.
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