TOKYO—Participation in Britain’s Tempest program may be a feasible path to developing Japan’s Future Fighter—despite Tokyo’s intention to lead development of its own aircraft and despite the country’s interest in an unusually large fighter. The Tempest project—which includes the Royal Air Force, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and MBDA—has a cooperation concept that leaves scope for Japan and other partners to use their own systems, weapons, ...

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