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Italy is considering the possibility of cooperation with Japan in the creation of fighters of the 6th generation

Italy could join Japan’s sixth-generation fighter program, hinting at a deeper merger of the British-led Tempest program with Japan’s FX.

Along with Sweden, in 2020, Italy began to participate in the development of the BAE Tempest.

In 2021 Great Britain and Japan joined their sixth-generation fighter engine development programs and reportedly began collaborating on other aspects of the aircraft. The possibility of a full merger was also discussed.

22 Sep 2022 Defensenews.com published interview with Italian Air Force General Luca Garetti, who said he would visit Japan to discuss cooperation for fighters of a new generation in October.

“I have been invited to Japan by the head of the Japanese Air Force to discuss joint programs — this will be an opportunity to share our vision and common point of view,” Goretti told Defensenews.com.

Japan began to design its FX fighter as a follow-on to the fifth-generation X-2 Shinshin design, becoming one of the few countries in the world to publicly work on a sixth-generation fighter design.

Britain’s Tempest project began in 2015 under the formal name Future Combat Air System (FCAS) — not to be confused with the program of the same name run by France, Germany and Spain.

Both the FX and the Tempest aim to replace fourth-generation fighters, namely the UK’s Eurofighter Typhoon and Japan’s Mitsubishi F-2, with a new, highly advanced platform.

Similar to the FCAS program in Europe and the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program in the United States, the UK and Japan’s sixth generation fighters are expected to use stealth technology, be optionally manned and demonstrate a high degree of mannability. unmanned command.



https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/32232-italy-considers-collaborating-with-japan-on-6th-gen-fighter Italy is considering the possibility of cooperation with Japan in the creation of fighters of the 6th generation

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