Montreal - Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has filed a counterclaim against Bombardier as part of an ongoing lawsuit blaming the Japanese manufacturer to steal trade secrets of Bombardier.
In its filing, the Japanese manufacturer claims that Bombardier has involved in unlawful anticompetitive attitude against Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, its suppliers and its employees.
According to the Japanese company, it is a part of a larger effort to hinder the development and certification of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) program.
Last year in October, Bombardier has filed a complaint against Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and its partner AeroTEC alleging that the Japanese company has stolen the trade secrets of Bombardier by recruiting its former employees. Bombardier claims its stolen trade secrets are related to the certification process of its CSeries (now A220) jets.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation rejects that it has obtained the trade secrets of Bombardier via its former employees.
The MRJ is a 70-90 seat regional jet intended to compete with the jets in the same segment of Canada's Bombardier and the Embraer of Brazil.
Mitsubishi introduced the MRJ program to the market in June 2007 at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft received its first order on March 2008 from the Japanese airline operator All Nippon Airways (ANA). The airline has placed a firm order for 15 aircraft with ten options targeting the first deliveries in 2013.
After several delays, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is now trying to keep its program on track for deliveries by mid-2020. As a result, Mitsubishi's MRJ program missed the opportunity to be the first fuel-efficient jet of next generation against Bombardier's CSeries, which was re-branded Airbus A220 after European manufacturer took over the majority stake of the program, and Embraer's new E2 series jets.
The aircraft made its first flight in November 2015.