The United Kingdom and Japan will collaborate on the development of the F-X fighter, which is due to replace the F-2 currently being flown by the Japan Air Self-Defence Force.
According to local media Sankei, British aerospace manufacturer BAE Systems will help Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is leading the program. This partnership follows a previous announcement, according to which Rolls- Royce was to assist IHI Corporation with developing the XF9 engine to power the F-X.
Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has welcomed the launch of a Ministry of Defence (MoD) tender process to provide a new type of helicopter.
If successful, Airbus says it could create hundreds of jobs at its Broughton factory, near Chester, which currently employs around 4,500 staff making wings for all its commercial aircraft.
The MoD has formally invited tenders for 44 New Medium Helicopters (NMH), to replace its current fleet of Puma helicopters, from the middle of the decade.