Lockheed Martin to help Japan build new stealth fighter

Japan’s defense ministry announced on the 18th that Lockheed Martin of the United States will help Japan design and manufacture a new generation of stealth fighters, with a view to loading the Japan Air Self Defense Force in the mid-1930s. < / P > < p > A Defense Ministry press release said that the project will start next year and is expected to cost about $40 billion. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is the main contractor of Japan, and Lockheed Martin will continue to act as a partner to ensure “interoperability” with the US military system. < / P > < p > the new stealth fighter will gradually replace the F-2, the main active fighter of Japan Air self defense force. The latter was jointly developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin 30 years ago based on the US F-16 fighter. < / P > < p > the new fighter model is temporarily called F-3 or f-x. Lockheed Martin previously proposed a hybrid design based on its F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters. The Japanese side refused, preferring local design. < / P > < p > multinational military giants have previously indicated that they are interested in participating in the research and development of Japan’s new stealth fighter, including Boeing, Northrop Grumman, British aerospace systems and Rolls Royce. Japan’s defense ministry said it will continue to seek cooperation with Britain and the United States on the new stealth fighter project to introduce technology and reduce R & D costs. Micro feature