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Report: Japan Plans to Build Its Own Fighter Jets

japanJapan is seeking to set aside nearly $387 million in funds for its fiscal year 2015 to develop the country’s own fighter planes, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday.

Citing a report from Japanese newspaper Nikkei, AFP reports the country’s defense ministry plans to test the engines in January 2015 and stealth airframe systems in April as potential components for the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X jet.

The defense ministry wants to partner with IHI and Mitsubishi Heavy to build the engines within five years, according to the report.

Japan began to study the plane’s lightweight airframe designs and missile-firing systems in 2010, AFP reports.

The Japanese government is set to decide on the project in 2018 in compliance with the nation’s medium-term defense program, the report says.

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