Japan fighter jet plans infographic
Graphic shows details of Tempest fighter jet.


Japan relaxes defence export rules for new jet fighter

March 26, 2024 - Japan’s cabinet has approved the export of new fighter jets it is developing with the UK and Italy, in the latest move away from its pacifist policies.

It eased arms export rules to allow the jets to be sold to countries that Japan has signed defence pacts with, and where there is no ongoing conflict.

Japan has pledged to double military spending by 2027, citing threats posed by China and North Korea.

Each fighter jet sale will require cabinet approval, authorities said.

In December 2022, Japan came on board a UK-Italy collaboration, dubbed the Tempest, to develop this new fighter jet that will use artificial intelligence and advanced sensors to assist pilots, the BBC said.

PUBLISHED: 26/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News