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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.
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 3:36:03 PM EDT
I wonder if this is the first step in the JMSDF running F35Bs off of their Carriers Helicopter Destroyers?  
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