Japan has been in road to world power status for decades, with the world’s third largest economy and a 5-trillion-dollar GDP. It would take a sixth-generation aircraft to bring them there. It would also address the issue of North Korea’s and China’s persistent hostility. China is also working on a sixth-generation combat aircraft. Surprisingly, Russia is as well. China and Russia have formed an unspoken team that is competing against other nations building sixth-generation fighters, including Japan.
For Japan, this is one reason a sixth-generation fighter is too crucial an asset to not work out. And so to ensure it’s a success, the country has teamed up with two of the world’s most powerful nations – Italy and the United Kingdom to form a team of nations that would spend a combined $4 billion minimum in the early stages alone. Prior to this, Italy and the UK were already a team developing a sixth-generation fighter called Tempest. The details of how Japan became a part of this team is the focus of this video – the how, the when, and the why will all be answered.
The result of the merge, however, that can be answered now. The resulting fighter jet of this merger, once deployed, will become the frontline fighter for all three nations involved in its development. It would take on every form of air-based mission that exists and the responsibilities that come with them. These include reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, electronic warfare, and basically everything else that helps ensure overall air, land, and sea superiority. The weight of three countries would no doubt be on the shoulder of this one fighter. Such high expectations could be either the fighter’s source of strength or a source of setbacks. Here’s why.
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