Japan to Launch $40 bil Fighter Jet Tender

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Japan plans July fighter jet tender seen worth $40 billion

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    Japan will launch a tender for fighter jets as soon as mid-July, the Ministry of Defence said, in a deal seen worth up to $40 billion as Tokyo seeks to bolster its air defenses amid creeping tension with China over disputed maritime borders.

    In one of the biggest fighter jet contracts up for grabs in years, a ministry spokesman said Japan will contact foreign and domestic defense contractors soon after a July 5 deadline for expressions of interest in the tender for about 100 warplanes.

    People familiar with the matter said U.S. firms Boeing Co (BA.N) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) have been invited to take part in the project, dubbed the F-3 fighter jet program, alongside Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) (7011.T), the prime domestic contractor.

    A final decision is likely in summer 2018, the people said, with deployment due at the end of the 2020s at the earliest. They declined to be identified because the matter was confidential.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-defence-jets-idUSKCN0ZF2Z8
     
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  2. Blue Marlin

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    the f35 has got it in the bag.
    they will build them in japan and modify them if needed like what they did with the current f2.
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    the x-2 is going to replace the F15j
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