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Exclusive: Japan to delay multi-billion dollar fighter jet development - sources

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By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro KuboTOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will delay a decision to develop a new advanced fighter jet, four sources said, as military planners struggle to settle on a design and officials splash out on new U.S. equipment such as ballistic missile interceptors and F-35 stealth planes.Faced with a growing military threat from North Korea and increased activity by Chinese air force jets over the East China Sea, Japan is under pressure to improve its defences on two fronts.Any delay to the new fighter, known as the F-3, will raise a question mark over the future of what could be one ...

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 10:37 IST