Posted: 1/28/2014 3:18:17 PM EDT
TOKYO -- (Reuters) -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is in advanced talks to supply parts for the F-35 stealth fighter to Britain's BAE Systems, in what would be the first involvement of a Japanese manufacturer in a global weapons program, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.
Any agreement on such a groundbreaking deal hinges in part on whether Tokyo will subsidize the manufacture of components for the rear fuselage of the fighter that Mitsubishi is seeking to supply as a subcontractor, the three sources said.
Mitsubishi, which made the famous Zero fighter in World War Two, has already won a contract worth more than $620 million for final assembly for the 42 F-35 jets now on order by Japan's military.
I wonder if this is the first step in the JMSDF running F35Bs off of their Carriers Helicopter Destroyers?