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The government on Sunday approved a defense buildup program for fiscal 2001 that includes the development of several tanks, jet fighters, and advanced antisubmarine patrol planes, Defense Agency chief Toshitsugu Saito said.

to said the antisubmarine planes, approved in a Security Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, aim to replace the Self-Defense Forces’ P-3C jets and C-1 cargo craft through expenditures of 34 billion yen over the next decade.

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