Japan’s defense ministry proposes to develop a sixth-generation manned fighter with strong counter-stealth capability and a directed-energy weapon. While a program description issued by the ministry is ambiguous, full-scale development of the sixth-generation i3 fighter would evidently begin in 2021 after at least a decade of predevelopment of a batch of technologies. The aircraft would go into service in the 2030s. A second batch of technologies would be ready in the 2040s, suggesting ...

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