Roberto Cingolani interviewed by NHK on the GCAP programme’s potential

28 March 2024

The Japanese government's decision to review the guidelines on the export of defence equipment opens up new scenarios on a global level. Interviewed by the national broadcaster Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK), Leonardo's CEO Roberto Cingolani analysed the potential of the GCAP programme for the development of a next-generation fighter aircraft.

Enabling the export of combat aircraft to third countries, although subject to restrictions, and proceeding with the joint development of the next-generation fighter together with the UK and Italy: this is the starting point for Japan's new approach in the Defence industry, following the government's decision to revise its operational guidelines.

In an interview with journalist Hiroki Obi of NHK - The Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Roberto Cingolani described the characteristics of the next-generation fighter, which is being designed as part of the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP), and explained how the countries involved will be called upon to collaborate on the project. Leonardo’s CEO welcomed the news regarding Tokyo's new position, “We are strongly in favour of Japan growing in the Defence market.”