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Japan’s ‘Super Interceptor’ Takes a Step Forward

Friday, July 31, 2020   (0 Comments)

By David Donald  |  July 31, 2020  |  AIN Online


Boeing has signed a direct commercial sale (DCS) agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to support the upgrade program intended for the F-15J Eagle fleet, the U.S. company announced on July 28. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) intends to modify up to 98 of its current F-15J fleet to a "Japan Super Interceptor" (JSI) standard, with work set to start in 2022.

MHI, which built most of Japan’s F-15s under license from McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), is the prime contractor for the JSI, with Boeing providing assistance and support in many areas. Under the agreement, Boeing will provide retrofit drawings, ground support equipment, and technical publications related to the modification of the first two aircraft. Support will be provided by local trading company Sojitz Corporation.

Japan decided to upgrade part of its Eagle fleet as a result of heightened tensions in the region, notably with China. Mirroring to an extent what the U.S. Air Force will be getting with the F-15EX, the JSI will have the new ALQ-239 digital electronic warfare systems, advanced cockpit displays, and the ADCP II mission system computer, which Boeing describes as the “world’s most advanced.” The aircraft will feature Raytheon APG-82(V)1 active electronically scanned array radar. READ MORE...

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