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UK Invests £2bn In A Future Combat Air System With Japan

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10th Jan 2022

UK and Japan to develop fighter jet engine demonstrator

 

The UK Government, as part of the UK’s Combat Air strategy, has just announced that they’ll be developing a joint jet engine demonstrator with Japan.

A memorandum of Cooperation has also been signed to enable future development opportunities.

 

Work on the jet engine demonstrator will start early next year, with an initial investment by the UK of £30m to be used in planning, digital designs, and innovative manufacturing developments.

A further £200m will then be spent by the UK Government on developing a full scale demonstrator power system which will support hundreds of highly skilled jobs here in the UK, including many at Rolls-Royce’s plant in Bristol.

Then, over the next four years, over £4bn will be invested into major national and international National Security endeavours to design a world-leading, bleeding-edge, Future Combat Air System.

At the same time, Japan will be developing a future fighter aircraft through its F-X programme to replace the F-2 aircraft.

 

Strengthening our partnerships in the Indo-Pacific is a strategic priority and this commitment with Japan, one of our closest security partners in Asia, is a clear example of that. Designing a brand-new combat air system with a fighter aircraft at its heart is a highly ambitious project so working with like-minded nations is vital. Building on the technological and industrial strengths of our two countries, we will be exploring a wide-ranging partnership across next-generation combat air technologies.

Ben Wallace – UK Defence Secretary

 

This all came about last summer when UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace met with Japan’s Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi in Tokyo to discuss the future of air combat systems.

 

As I have seen at first hand our partners in Japan have made enormous progress on technologies that can complement our own advanced skills and could help ensure both our Armed Forces remain at the forefront of military innovation.

We look forward to the continued partnership with a formidable power and close ally.

Jeremey Quinn – UK Defence Procurement Minister

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