Plan announced against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising geopolitical tensions within Asia-Pacific.
Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and Japan have announced a plan of combining their fighter-jet development projects in a partnership. This is Japan’s first major industrial defense alliance outside the United States. World War II.
The three countries agreed to jointly deploy an advanced combat aircraft on front lines by 2035. This deal combines the UK-led Future Combat Air System project, also called Tempest, and Japan’s FX program. in a joint statement on Friday.
The Global Combat Air Program (GCAP) will be the name of the collaboration.
“We are committed in upholding the rules-based and free international order, which is more crucial than ever at a moment when these principles and threats are rising,” the leaders of the three nations stated in the statement.
The deal comes as China ramps up its military activity around Taiwan — which it claims as its own — and in the disputed South China Sea, where Beijing has sought to bolster its sprawling claims with military installations on man-made islands it has built.
Northeast Asia is also dealing with North Korea, who has launched an unprecedented number missiles this year amid fears that it may soon test a nuclear weapon.
Japan, a country with a pacifist constitution announced that it will double its defense spending over five years to reach 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).
The statement stated that the project was designed with our allies and partners at its center and with future interoperability across the United States of America, Europe, NATO, and Asia-Pacific.
The statement stated that “We share an ambition for the aircraft to become the center of a broader combat aviation system that will function across multiple domains.”
The US, which pledged to defend all three nations through its NATO membership, and a separate security deal with Japan, has also welcomed the Europe – Japan agreement.
“The United States supports Japanese security, defense cooperation with likeminded allies and partners,” the U.S. Department of Defense stated in a joint statement with Japan’s Defense Ministry.