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Japan Approves Plan to Sell Fighter Jets to Other Nations in Latest Break from Pacifist Principles

Japan Approves Plan to Sell Fighter Jets to Other Nations in Latest Break from Pacifist Principles


Japan’s Cabinet today approved a plan to sell future next-generation fighter jets that it’s developing with Britain and Italy to other countries, in the latest move away from the country’s postwar pacifist principles.

The contentious decision to allow international arms sales is expected to help secure Japan’s role in the joint fighter jet project and part of a move to build up the Japanese arms industry and bolster its role in global security.

The Cabinet also endorsed a revision to Japan’s arms equipment and technology transfer guidelines to allow coproduced lethal weapons to be sold to countries other than the partners.

Japan has long restricted arms exports under the country’s pacifist constitution, but has rapidly taken steps to deregulate amid rising regional and global tensions.

The decision on jets will allow Japan to export lethal weapons it coproduces to other countries for the first time.

Japan is working with Italy and the UK to develop an advanced fighter jet to replace its aging fleet of Am
erican-designed F-2 fighters, and the Eurofighter Typhoons used by the UK and Italian militaries.

Japan, which was previously working on a homegrown design to be called the F-X, agreed in December 2022 to merge its effort with a British-Italian program called the Tempest. for deployment in 2035. The joint project, known as the Global Combat Air Program or GCAP, is based in the UK.

Source: Oman News Agency