Japanese media has reported that Japan has decided that it will develop the engine for the F-X fighter with help from Britain.
Rolls-Royce will partner with Japan’s IHI Corporation and both will also offer the engine for the export market.
According to Asahi here.
“Anonymous Japanese officials told the news outlet that Japanese Prime Minister Suga spoke on the issue with British Prime Minister Johnson during the G7 summit last month.
At the end of June, officials from Japan’s Defense Ministry traveled to Britain for talks on the issue. Britain’s Rolls Royce is currently involved in the Tempest program as well.”
The report adds:
“According to several Japanese government officials, an exchange on joint engine development was held at a meeting between Prime Ministers Yoshihide Suga and Johnson at the G7 Summit held in the United Kingdom in June.”
What is the F-X?
The Mitsubishi F-X is a sixth-generation stealth fighter in development for Japan and is Japan’s first domestically developed stealth fighter jet.
Japan expects production of the first fighter prototype to begin in 2024, with flight tests starting in 2028. Full-scale production is expected to commence by 2031.