New generation fighter jets by 2035: agreement between Italy, the UK and Japan

In a joint note the announcement of the ‘Global Combat Air Program (Gcap)’

Joint statement by Italy, UK and Japan to announce “the Global Combat Air Program (Gcap), an ambitious project aimed at the development of a next-generation fighter aircraft by 2035“.

“As Heads of Government of Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom – reads the joint statement, released by Palazzo Chigi -, we are committed to supporting the free and open rules-based international order, which is more important than ever at a time when these principles are contested and threats and aggression grow in. As the defense of our democracy, our economy, our security and regional stability are of ever greater importance, we need strong defense and security partnerships, supported and strengthened by a credible deterrence capability. Our three nations have a close and long-standing relationship based on the values ​​of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We are today taking the next step in strengthening our trilateral partnership.”

“Through the GCAP, we will further develop our long-standing defense relationship. The GCAP will accelerate our advanced military capabilities and technological edge,” he continues. integrated supply chains and will further strengthen our defense industrial base.”

“This program – continues the statement – will produce wide-ranging economic and industrial benefits, supporting employment in Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. It will attract R&D investment in digital design and advanced manufacturing processes. It will provide opportunities for the next generation of highly skilled technicians and engineers. Working together in a spirit of equal partnership, we share the costs and benefits of this investment in our people and technologies.”

“The program will support the sovereign ability of all three countries to design, supply and upgrade state-of-the-art defense aeronautical capabilities, with an eye to the future – it underlines – This program was designed with our Allies and partners at the center of our attention. Future interoperability with the United States, NATO and our partners in Europe, the Indo-Pacific and globally is reflected in the name we have chosen for our program. This concept will be at the heart of its development. We share the ambition to make this aircraft the centerpiece of a larger air combat system that will operate in multiple domains”.

“It is our hope that the Global Combat Air Programme, and through it our partnership in developing our respective capabilities, will be a cornerstone of global security, stability and prosperity for decades to come,” it concludes.