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Japan firms key to picking F-2 heir

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan will examine how much domestic companies can get involved in development or other processes when selecting a successor to the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-2 fighter jet, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Tuesday.

The possible “involvement of domestic industries is an important point,” Iwaya told a press conference.

F-2 fighters are expected to be decommissioned from around 2030.

Some lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party say Japan should aim for international development of a successor jet in which the country plays a core part, to maintain the foundation of the domestic defense industry.Speech

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