US government approves possible deal on upgrade of 98 Japan F-15J

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The United States (US) State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for the upgrade of up to ninety-eight (98) F-15J aircraft to a Japanese Super Interceptor (JSI) configuration for an estimated cost of $4.5 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said October 29.

The DSCA added that the US Congress has already been notified of the possible sale.

“The Government  of Japan has requested the upgrade of up to ninety-eight (98) F-15J aircraft to a Japanese Super Interceptor (JSI) configuration consisting of up to one hundred three (103) APG-82(v)1 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar (includes 5 spares); one hundred sixteen (116) Advanced Display Core Processor II (ADCP II) Mission System Computer (includes 18 spares); and one hundred one (101) ALQ-239 Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS) (includes 3 spares),” the DSCA said.

“Also included are Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) with software, training and support; Selective Availability Anti-spoofing Module (SAASM); ARC-210 radio, aircraft and munition integration and test support; ground training devices (including flight and maintenance simulators); support and test equipment; software delivery and support; spare and repair parts; communications equipment; facilities and construction support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; studies and surveys; and other related elements of logistical and program support,” it added.

The US agency noted that the possible sale which will improve the security of Japan, a major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region, will support US foreign policy goals and national security objectives.

“This proposed sale will provide Japan a critical air defense capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland and US personnel stationed there.  Modernized F-15J assets will better enable Japan to respond to airborne threats and defend its airspace.  Japan will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces,” it explained.