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.