A group of major Japanese firms are planning a test flight next year for the nation's first homegrown stealth fighter jet, a report said Tuesday. The consortium -- led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries -- is developing a jet that has similar technology to US-made F-35 stealth fighters, with a prototype set for a test run in January, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said. About 39.2 billion yen ($384 million) has been invested in the project, said the report, which did not cite sources. Following the initial flight, the jet will undergo about two years of testing at the defence ministry with Tokyo set to decide on whether to buy the plane by early 2019, it added. The story could not be immediately confirmed. Japan, which sees a security alliance with the United States as a cornerstone of its foreign policy, has long depended on US manufacturers for military hardware. But the conservative government has been looking to expand Japan's military influence, and has relaxed a self-imposed ban on weapons exports. Last month, Tokyo loosened the bonds on Japan's powerful military, proclaiming the right to go into battle in defence of allies, in a highly controversial shift for the officially pacifist country. The development of a homegrown jet comes amid worsening tensions with Beijing over rival claims to islands in the East China Sea. Japan said last month that its military scrambled fighter jets a record 340 times in the three months to June in response to feared intrusions on its airspace. Chinese government ships and planes have been seen off the disputed islands dozens of times since Japan nationalised some of the archipelago nearly two years ago.
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For National Park Service fisheries biologist Jeff Arnold, it was a moment he'd been dreading. Bare-legged in sandals, he was pulling in a net in a shallow backwater of the lower Colorado River last week, when he spotted three young fish that didn't belong there. Minutes later, the park service confirmed their worst fear: smallmouth bass had in fact been found and were likely reproducing in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam.
Elon Musk and Shivon Zilis, the project director at his Neuralink company, welcomed twins in November 2021, court documents reveal
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Otto Porter Jr. depicted why he chose to sign with the Toronto Raptors over reuniting with the reigning NBA champion Warriors.
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The conspiracy theorist who once pushed the idea that the California wildfires were started deliberately is, lest we forget, a sitting congresswoman
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The Royal Hashemite Court shared the exciting news about Princess Iman’s engagement on Wednesday
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Browns finally trade former No. 1 pick, and Baker Mayfield's arrival in Carolina provides a path for a team desperate to find an answer behind center.
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Husband accidentally sends ‘butt naked’ photo of mom to entire family: ‘The most embarrassing moment of my life’
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The one-time triple threat is turning into the king of cringe
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Chris Klieman and the Kansas State Wildcats have landed the state’s top football recruit
Mitch McConnell says the labor shortage will be solved when people run out of stimulus money because Americans are 'flush for the moment'
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