Improvements in the economics, passenger comfort and environmental performance of the shorter MRJ version are being studied.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency looks to balance supporting the country’s aerospace industry with enabling new applications for aviation.
If the plan holds, production should begin in 2028. The defense minister suggests the Future Fighter should enter service in the early 2030s.
Joint development program is in the offing, but Japan has not landed a straightforward foreign order for complete equipment.