Electronic warfare package approved for Japan's F-15Js

JAPAN. The U.S. State Department approved a request by Japan for a $4.5 billion upgrade of its F-15J Eagle fleet of fighter planes. Up to 98 planes, of about 200 owned by the Japan Air Defense Forces, would be brought up to a benchmark known as Japanese Super Interceptor under the plan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced.

Photo courtesy of Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

The planes would receive the Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar, Advanced Display Core Processor II Mission System Computers, and ALQ-239 Digital Electronic Warfare System suites, in addition to training, support and testing equipment, and other logistical elements.

The State Department action still requires the approval of the U.S. Congress and does not guarantee that Japan will purchase the entire package.

Boeing will be a prime contractor in the deal through the Foreign Military Sales program, though some items and services in the package will be sourced through Japanese defense contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.