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Japan and Britain could design BVR missile together for F-35

Discussion in 'Europe & EU' started by Layman, Jul 23, 2014.

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    The Japanese government announced on July 17 that it will cooperate with the United Kingdom to design air-to-air missile for the F-35 Lightning II fighters of Japan’s Air Self Defense Force, reports the Tokyo-based Kyodo News.

    Japanese enterprises are already exporting compartments to the United States for designing MIM-104C Patriot air defense missiles.

    A meeting between defense and foreign ministers from Tokyo and London will be held in September this year. The two countries are likely to discuss introducing Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile designed primarily for the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 of the Royal Air Force, according to the report.

    The missile can also be equipped by various European fighters including the Dassault Rafale of the French Air Force and the Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Swedish Air Force. Under the belief that European air forces should not depend too heavily on missiles from the United States or Russia, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy designed the Meteor missile jointly under the MBDA Missile Systems. Japan will cooperate with Great Britain to increase the missile’s accuracy, according to the Kyodo News.

    Facing the success of the modernization of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force, F-35s equipped with the Meteor is the answer Japan is seeking to confront Chinese J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighters equipped with PL-12 air-to-air missiles. The Three Principles on the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology allows Japan a better chance to cooperate with other nations, especially Western powers, in developing advanced weapon systems.
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