Air Platforms

Japan plans to replace 99 ageing F-15s with F-35A and F-35B fighters

05 December 2018

Tokyo plans to replace 99 of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) 201 Boeing (Mitsubishi) F-15J/DJ Eagle multirole combat aircraft with F-35A and F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, Jane’s has learned.

The aircraft set to be replaced are of the variant known locally as the F-15SJ, which is unsuitable for upgrades, according to a draft of the Japanese government’s new National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) obtained by Jane’s .

The plan was confirmed by former defence minister Itsunori Onodera, who said during a 5 December meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Tokyo, “We concluded that it is preferable to replace 99 F-15 fighters [pre-MSIP], which cannot be modernised, with F35s.”

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