Nov. 5 (UPI) — BAE Systems has proposed a package to support Japan’s F-X next generation fighter development program, the company announced Thursday.
According to a company press release, BAE responded to a request for information from the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s acquisition, technology and logistics agency with a proposed package that outlines BAE’s technical capabilities across a range of key areas.
“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,” Andy Latham, Campaign Delivery Director-Japan, for BAE Systems’ Air business, said.
Last week Japan’s Defense Ministry announced that it had named Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as the prime contractor to build its next-generation fighter jet. The announcement followed one in July for the Japanese government’s timeline for development of the locally made next-generation fighter jet.
The new jet is intended replace about 90 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries F-2 fighters, which Japan expects to phase out in the mid-2030s.