The airframe for Japan’s proposed indigenous fighter is for now only a concept, but the engine is turning into actual hardware. Government defense engineers are this month beginning testing the core of the advanced turbofan for the proposed 2030s fighter. Lockheed Martin, meanwhile, has responded to Tokyo’s request for information on alternatives for its Future Fighter. The company says it has offered no specific type, though the F-35 Lightning, already on order for the Japanese ...

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