Japan looking for F-4 Replacement
31 May 2005
The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has recently launched the F-X fighter programme to find a replacement for the F-4 Phantom II. The JASDF is now formulating its requirements for a new fifth generation fighter. Likely contenders include the F-15E (upgraded), F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Eurofighter, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F-2 Super Kai and possibly an export version of the F/A-22A Raptor. The F-2 Super Kai will an enhanced version of the F-2 based on the F-16 Block 50/52 proposed by Lockheed Martin and Mitsubishi to meet the requirement.
At least 40 F-X aircraft are needed to replace two JASDF F-4 interceptor squadrons in 2011, with deliveries starting in 2008-2009. At this stage all options will be considered.
- AFM June 2005