BAE, Leonardo, MBDA and Rolls-Royce will take part in the aircraft project. The UK is expected to invest around £ 200 million in the whole project
Britain and Japan have announced joint plans to develop an engine for the future fighter jet and develop additional combat technologies. Development of the engine for the future fighter jet will begin early next year when the UK will invest £ 30 million in the project in the first phase in digital design and production of innovative developments.
The UK is set to invest another £ 200 million in the entire project, according to a London government statement.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain has a priority and commitment to Japan for a strategic partnership, and that the two countries are jointly building advanced strategic and technological capabilities.
Future fighter jet program director Richard Barthon told the UK government website that BAE, Leonardo, MBDA and Rolls-Royce will take part in the aircraft project. Special teams have already been set up to jointly develop the engine.
The news of the British-Japanese cooperation was published over the weekend when the aircraft carrier “Queen Elizabeth” of the Royal Navy together with her group of escort ships came to visit Japan and soon both policies will officially sign a bilateral cooperation agreement.