Japan Plans To Build Unmanned Fighter Jets

Slashdot reader It’s the tripnaut! quotes an article from Reuters:
Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses on weapons communications and lasers, according to a document seen by Reuters… The military technology plan calls for first developing an unmanned surveillance aircraft in the next decade and then an unmanned fighter jet 10 years later, the document showed…

The ministry will also allocate budget funds to acquire an upgraded version of the F-35 stealth fighter, made by U.S. company Lockheed Martin Corp…as tension rises in the East China Sea and North Korea steps up its missile threat, government officials with direct knowledge of the matter said.


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