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Mitsubishi F-15J – Japan

The Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather air superiority fighter based on the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle in use by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). The F-15J was produced under license by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The subsequent F-15DJ and F-15J Kai variants were also produced. Japan is the largest customer of the F-15 Eagle outside the United States. In addition to combat, F-15DJ roles include training. The F-15J Kai is a modernized version of the F-15J. Source wikiwand.com

In June-July of 1975, Japanese officers carried out two flight evaluations of the F-15A/B Eagle at Edwards AFB as one of the 13 candidates for the replacement of the F-104J/DJ Starfighter and the F-4EJ Phantom II in JASDF service. In December of 1975, the Japanese National Defense Council announced that the Eagle had been selected to supplement and eventually replace the Lockheed F-104J Starfighters serving with the Nihon Koku Jietai (Japanese Air Self Defense Force, or JASDF). The Japanese Eagle was to be designated F-15J, with the two-seat version being F-15DJ. They were to be the Japanese counterparts of the F-15A and B respectively.

F-4EJ Phantom II


Modification   F-4EJ-Kai
Wingspan, m   11,70
Length m   19.2
Height, m   4.96
Wing area, m2   49,20
Weight, kg  
  empty aircraft   13760
  maximum take-off   26308
engine’s type   2 Turbojet General Electric J79-GE-17
Specific thrust in afterburner, kg   2 x 8120
Maximum speed km / h   2390
Practical range, km   2590
Practical ceiling, m   16600
Crew   2
Armament:   AIM-7E / F Sparrow, AIM -9L / P Sidewinder, Mk 82 bombs and JM 117, ASM-1
  until May 1401 liter drop tanks

F-4EJ data airwar.ru

A license was acquired for manufacture of the F-15 in Japan, with Mitsubishi being selected as the prime contractor. Initial plans were for the first two single seaters and 12 two-seaters to be built in St Louis by McDonnell under Project Peace Eagle. The remainder would be manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi at its plant in Komaki. A similar sort of arrangement had been worked out for license manufacture in Japan of the Eagle’s predecessor, the F-4 Phantom.

As it turned out, the Japanese F-15s were quite similar to the early production blocks of the USAF F-15C and D. However, Japanese Eagles were to differ from the Air Force Eagles primarily in omitting certain sensitive items of electronic countermeasures equipment, such as the ICS and EWWS sets. These were deemed to sensitive for export. In their place, provisions were made for the installation of a Japanese-built radar warning system. Among the indigenous equipment fitted to the JASDF F-15J and F-15DJ aircraft is the J/APR-4 Radar Warning Receiver (which replaced the AN/ALR-56 of the US version), the J/ALQ-8 Electronic Countermeasuere suite (which replaced the AN/ALQ-135 internal countermeasures system), the AN/ALE-45 chaff/flare dispenser, and the XJ/APQ-1 radar warning system. Nuclear delivery equipment was omitted, data links were installed and MER-200P bomb racks were provided. The F-15J is characterized by an indigenous data link, but they do not support Link 16 FDL mounted by USAF F-15Cs. It works as a basic bidirectional link with the Japanese ground-controlled intercept network, and it is limited because it is not a true network.

The first two F-15Js were built by McDonnell (USAF serials 79-0280/0281, JASDF serials 02-8801/8802. 02-8801 flew for the first time on June 4, 1980. The next eight (JASDF serials 12-8803, 22-8804/22-8810) were assembled by Mitsubishi from McDonnell-built knock-down kits. The first Japanese-assembled F-15J (12-8803) flew at the Mitsubishi plant at Komaki on August 26, 1981.

Twelve of the two seat F-15DJs were built by McDonnell Douglas, with the remainder (from FY 1988 onward) being built by Mitsubishi.

The service evaluation was carried out by the Koku Jikkendan (Air Proving Wing) at Gifu AB on Honshu, the first planes being delivered in March of 1981. The first front-line JASDF Eagle squadron was 202 Hikotai (Squadron) of 5 Kokudan (Air Wing), based at Nyutabaru on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. It received its first Eagles in 1981-82, replacing the unit’s F-104J Starfighters. 202 Hikotai acted as the OCU for the remainder of the squadrons that were to receive the Eagle. In 1986/87, Eagles began to replace the F-4EJ in JASDF service, the first unit to convert being 303 Hikotai at Komatsu.

JASDF Eagles were initially powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofans. From 1991, these have gradually been replaced by F100-PW-220s, which are more reliable but slightly lower-rated.

2 × Pratt & Whitney F100-220 after-burning turbofans 


General characteristics

  • Type: Afterburning turbofan
  • Length: 191 inches (490 cm)
  • Diameter: 34.8 inches (88 cm) inlet, 46.5 inches (118 cm) maximum external
  • Dry weight: 3,234 pounds (1,467 kg)


  • Compressor: Dual Spool Axial compressor
  • Bypass ratio: 0.63:1
  • Combustors: annular


  • Maximum thrust: 14,590 pounds-force (64.9 kN) military thrust, 23,770 pounds-force (105.7 kN) with afterburner
  • Overall pressure ratio: 25:1
  • Specific fuel consumption: Military thrust: (0.73 lb/(lbf·h))
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio: 7.4:1

Source wikiwand.com


The last F-15 for the JASDF was delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on December 10, 1999. This aircraft was a F-15DEJ two -seater. In total, the JASDF received 213 F-15s, with 163 F-15Js and 36 F-15DJs having been built by Mitsubishi and two F-15Js and 14 F-15DJs being built by McDonnell Douglas. Eight JASDF Eagles have been lost in accidents.

In 1997, the JASDF began a program to upgrade its F-15J fleet. This included a radar and central computer upgrade to bring JASDF F-15s up to the standards of MSIP-II USAF F-15s. Also included is an uppgrade of the J/ALW-8, plus new FLIR and IRST systems. It was hoped that the upgraded F-15Js will have the ability to carry and launch “fire and forget” BVR AAMs. The first upgraded F-15J (#928) flew for the first time on July 28, 2003. F-15Js which have been upgraded are unofficially known as F-15J Kai.

IRST 15J (#928)

15583296_624-v1485912421Image: photozou.jp

続いては、イーグルからF-15J 12-8928

Subsequently, from Eagle F – 15 J 12 – 8928 IRST is equipped with aircraft nominated for modernization renovation.

15583298_624-v1485648621Image: photozou.jpF15j_irst_2Image: paper-wasp.cocolog-nifty.com

On 10 December 2004, the Japanese Government approved a Mid-Term Defense Program (MTDP) to modernize the F-15J MSIPs over five years. The upgrade is being implemented in phases, but ultimately the upgrade will include a new ejection seat; replaced IHI-220E engines; more powerful processor; uprated electrical generation and cooling capabilities to support more avionics and the Raytheon AN/APG-63(V)1 radar which has been produced under license by Mitsubishi Electric since 1997. Raytheon expects the radar will ultimately be installed in 80 F-15Js. The new radar will support the AAM-4 missile, the Japanese answer to the AMRAAM.

Boeing and Mitsubishi sign agreement to support Japan F-15 upgrades: Details


img_12Image: blogs.yahoo.co.jp

An overview of the [J-MSIP] plan underway at F-15J. The cost is about 1.25 billion yen per machine, the main contents are the following 5 items.

* Retrofit the radar from the APG-63 to the APG-63 (V) 1,

* capacity building of the central computer,

* strengthening of the air-conditioning system,

* generator capacity building of,

* equipped with air-to-air missile AAM-4B and AAM-5 possible to repair,

* FDL mounted refurbishment for the communication function improvement (Link 16),

separately for the self-defense capability grant NVG (Night Vision Goggle) equipped with refurbishment, it costs 0.8 billion yen per aircraft from this.

Source blogs.yahoo.co.jp

Japan Faces Challenging Choices for Cash-Strapped Air Force: Here

F-15MJ = Modernized J vs 15SJ  =Standard J 


MJ = Modernized J
SJ  =Standard J 


“SJ or MJ”

At the current F – 15 J, the biggest difference is the modernized aircraft (MJ) or the conventional aircraft (SJ).

MJ = Modernized J

SJ = Standard J

Although it is described as “Wiki is called overseas as MJ”, the unit also calls MJ, SJ even in troops.

There are many differences between SJ and MJ, but the difference in appearance is whether there is a “regenerative heat exchanger louver” at the right rear of the cockpit.

Because MJ is changing the air conditioning system to a new model, there are three heat exchangers in SJ, which is reduced to two, and it is easy to understand the existence of the exhaust port.

43b97741上がSJ。下がMJ。(The top is SJ. The bottom is MJ.) – Image: blog.livedoor.jp

左側から見分けるには、MTU(Magnetic Transfer Unit)の有無で見分ける方法があります。

To distinguish it from the left side, there is a method to distinguish with MTU (Magnetic Transfer Unit).

c2309146MTUとは、HMD(Helmet Mounted Display)が何処へ指向しているのかを磁場によって測定する装置です。HMD指向レベルの基準点となる機器ですので、強く握ってはいけません(´・ω・`) . (MTU is a device that measures the position of the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) by magnetic field. It is a device that becomes the reference point of the HMD-oriented level, so do not grasp it strongly (‘· ω · `)) – Image: blog.livedoor.jp

“Pre-MSIP and MSIP”


899号機~965号機までが「MSIP」        (J型)

MSIP(Multi Stage Improvement Program:多段階能力向上計画)とは、一気にフル改修するのは予算的にも厳しいので、少しずつ改修しよう、との思惑から予め、将来的な発展性が持たされているものです。

違いはコックピットに「PACS(Programmable Aemament Control Set)」と呼ばれるアナログ式の兵装コントロールパネルが搭載されているかどうかで判別できます。搭載している機体がPre-MSIPです。
MSIPではこれに代わり、MPCD(Multi Purpose Color Display)と呼ばれる操作媒体が装備されています。

“Pre-MSIP and MSIP”

F – 15J is classified into two types before and after depending on production time. That is “pre-emship” and “emship”

From 801 to 898 are “Pre-M”

“MSIP” (J type) from 899 to 965

With MSIP (Multi Stage Improvement Program), full renovation at a stretch is severe also on a budgetary basis, so future developability is given in advance from the speculation that it will try to fix it little by little.

The difference can be determined by whether or not an analog type weapon control panel called “PACS (Programmable Armement Control Set)” is installed in the cockpit. The equipped aircraft is Pre-MSIP.

Instead of this, MSIP is equipped with an operating medium called MPCD (Multi Purpose Color Display).

1e240407“PACS (Programmable Armement Control Set)”  – Image: livedoor.blogimg.jpimg_0031MPCD (Multi Purpose Color Display) F – 15J MSIP – Image: masdf.comcockpit-f-15c

J / ALQ-8

C型には本来「ALR-56」や「ALQ-128」「ALQ-135」といったTEWS(Tactical Electronic Warfare System:戦術電子戦システム)が搭載されていましたが、電子戦装置は機密の塊なので、日本への輸出は叶いませんでした。


“J / ALQ-8”

The F – 15J type operated by Japan, the prototype became the type C operated by the US Air Force.

TEWS (Tactical Electronic Warfare System) such as “ALR – 56”, “ALQ – 128”, “ALQ – 135” was originally installed in the C type, but since the electronic warfare device is a confidential mass , Exports to Japan did not come true.

So, we decided to install Japan’s unique electronic warfare device, but that is “ALQ-8”

578f086dImage: blog.livedoor.jp


A total of five antennas are installed on the “intake lower surface” and “nose bottom surface” to perform electronic interference. The antenna shape is different for each antenna. This is it. It is because the interfering objects are divided into a certain extent. – Image: blog.livedoor.jp


As you can see from the above picture, it is not mounted on the DJ type of multi seat. That translation

b6c82773Image: blog.livedoor.jp

だから教導群のDJはALQ-131を積むんですね(´ω` )


The main body of ALQ – 8 is stored in “No. 5 machine room” behind the cockpit.

If it’s a DJ, here’s the back seat. It’s a simple space problem.

So DJs in the teaching group are carrying ALQ-131 (‘ω`)

As a beach knowledge, the electronic warfare device possessed by Japan has “ALQ – 131”, but in order to avoid accidental dumping to the station carrying this, usually dumping explosive (pyrotechnic Product: cartridge) is not installed. Of course, the contents will be encrypted (crypto), but that is that it is a very confidential substitute.

“JFS exhaust port louver”



“JFS exhaust port louver”

In the JFS exhaust port, what is originally called a louver is installed.

The aim is to clean up the exhaust airflow and become a part with an aerodynamic meaning.

In the same way as the A hook cover described later and the iris plate that was equipped before that, in the later years, it means that “There is no change in aerodynamics even if there is this or not? It is also the thing that lowers the operation rate with this degree of breakdown, and you can get it. There are an increasing number of cases to remove it and operate it.

20d28344Image: blog.livedoor.jp


There is no louver on the top. The bottom has a louver.

“Arresting hook cover”

こちらも、JFSの排気口ルーバーと同様 「あってもなくても(以下略」 な事情で昨今では取り外されつつあります。

“Arresting hook cover”

Arresting hook is a type of restraint device that brakes the aircraft at landing.

For example, when the hydraulic system fails and the braking effect by the brake can not be expected (hydraulic operation of the F – 15 brake system is in operation), etc., the arresting hook hung from the airframe is wrapped around an arresting wire installed on the runway surface Do braking.

As well as the exhaust port louver of JFS, it is being removed in recent years, “Even if it does not exist or it is less or less”.

7b75ecdaImage: blog.livedoor.jp


There is a top. There is no bottom.

It is the pilot that I am surprised by the absence of this. Do you inspect before flight?

“J / APQ-1” rear warning device

後方警戒装置です。右のアウトリガー先端に搭載されています。 ミサイル警戒装置はAPQ-1の他にJ/APR-4が搭載されていますが、APQ-1との決定的な違いは、アクティブ(発信)かパッシブ(受信)かです。

“J / APQ-1”

It is a rear warning device. It is mounted on the right outrigger tip. J / APR – 4 is installed besides APQ – 1, but the decisive difference from APQ – 1 is active (outgoing) or passive (receive).

J / APR – 4 is a passive type, a device dedicated to reception, which can detect radar irradiation but can not detect IR (infrared) missiles, for example. P is a request for visual inspection.

On the other hand, APQ – 1 is active type, it is emitting waves by itself and receiving alert by receiving it. This allows you to detect whatever supplements are supposed to be, so you can have a higher level of alertness.

686e2233Image: blog.livedoor.jp


There is one on top. There is none on bottom. I hear that the reputation from the scene is not very good (‘· ω · `)

Source blog.livedoor.jp

Raytheon AN/APG-82(v)1 radar


The Raytheon AN/APG-82(V)1 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system has been designed for the modernization of the United States Air Force’s F-15E aircraft fleet. In November 2007, Boeing selected Raytheon to provide an AESA radar for the F-15E modernization program which aims to extend its service life beyond 2035. Under the terms of the contract Raytheon might upgrade up to 224 F-15Es with this new radar system. On September 15, 2009, the radar was given the AN/APG-82(V)1 designation.

The APG-82 radar will provide next generation air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities for the F-15E aircraft. It uses technologies already proven on the Super Hornet and Growler’s APG-79 and F-15C’s APG-63(V)3 AESA radar systems. Compared to the current F-15E’s APG-70 radar, it will offer extended range and improved multi-target tracking and precision-engagement capabilities while having more than 20 times the APG-70 system reliability. Source deagel.com


General data:
Type: Radar Altitude Max: 0 m
Range Max: 407.4 km Altitude Min: 0 m
Range Min: 0.2 km Generation: Late 2010s
Properties: Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) [Side Info], Non-Coperative Target Recognition (NCTR) – Jet Engine Modulation [Class Info], Continous Tracking Capability [Phased Array Radar], Track While Scan (TWS), Low Probability of Intercept (LPI), Pulse Doppler Radar (Full LDSD Capability), Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)
Sensors / EW:
AN/APG-82(V)1 AESA – (F-15E, LPI) Radar
Role: Radar, FCR, Air-to-Air & Air-to-Surface, Long-Range
Max Range: 407.4 km

Source cmano-db.com


ALQ-239 Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS)


BAE Systems’ Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS) was developed to quickly and accurately detect and counter emerging and future threats. Providing 360-degree coverage around the aircraft, DEWS provides some of the most advanced defense aviation capability in the industry.

The ALQ-239 Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS) is operational and provides:

  • Fully-integrated radar warning
  • Maximized 360 degree situational awareness
  • Advanced electronic countermeasures
  • Offensive targeting support
  • Geolocation
  • Self-protection to improve survivability and enhance mission capability

Source BAE

Japan to Double Firepower of its F-15J Fighter Jets amid East China Sea Tensions

Japan’s Ministry of Defense has announced plans to double the number of air-to-air missiles mounted on the Mitsubishi F-15J twin-engine, air superiority fighters operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).

Funds for the upgrade have been requested in the ministry’s $51 billion budget for fiscal year 2017, the largest in Japan’s postwar history. This defense budget is 2.3 percent higher than the current budget and represents the fifth straight year the military budget has risen.

Funds will also be allotted to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter jet. Japan has ordered 48 of the fifth generation stealth fighter.

Some 200 F-15J fighters are on the inventory of the JASDF and the ministry wants each fighter to carry 16 air-to-air missiles instead of only eight. Extensive and expensive modifications that will see the addition of more weapons hardpoints and aircraft strengthening will have to be made to the fighters to bring this about.

The F-15J can be armed with a combination of air-to-air missiles including the Mitsubishi AAM-3 short-range air-to-air missile; Mitsubishi AAM-4 medium-range active radar homing air-to-air missile; Mitsubishi AAM-5 a short-range air-to-air missile; AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow.

The AAM-5 is replacing the AAM-3 while the AAM-4 is replacing the AIM-7 Sparrow made in the U.S.

The AAM-5 can fly its 95 kg warhead out to 35 km. The AAM-4, a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile developed in Japan, has a range in excess of 100 km.

The huge weapons upgrade comes at a time of increasing Chinese aerial and naval incursions in the East China Sea, especially around the Senkaku Islands owned by Japan but which are claimed by China.

In response to Chinese provocations, Japan is also redeploying units of the Japan Self-Defense Force to positions closer to the Senkakus. Japan is also strengthening Japan Coast Guard installations in the southern islands of Miyakojima and Amami Oshima to counter China’s increasingly brazen aggression in the East China Sea.

Japan last June warned China further Chinese military naval incursions in the waters off its Senkaku islands will compel Japan to take “necessary actions,” including mobilizing the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

The warning was prompted by a warship of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) entering waters just outside Japanese territorial waters around the Senkakus. Analysts said Japan has drawn a red line with the warning that violations of Japanese sovereignty by the PLAN will be met by force. Source yibada.com

F-15SA (Saudi Advanced): Details


F-15SA – SPA

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) requested the modernization and deployment of reconnaissance aircraft in June 2007, and it was planned to upgrade some F-15Js with synthetic aperture radar pods; these aircraft would replace the RF-4 Phantom IIs currently in service. On 17 December 2009, the reconnaissance upgrade disappeared from the budget and priority was given instead to improvement of the F-15J and the Mitsubishi F-2. The number of F-15J upgrades was increased from 26 to 48, and the MoD purchased the part of the modernization for 38 fighters. 48 F-15Js will get a Link 16 datalink and helmet-mounted sight. The helmet-mounted sight will support the AAM-5 dogfighting missile, which will replace the AAM-3. On Dec 17, 2010 modernization was funded for 15 F-15J, buit this was later reduced to only 10. Japan is currently investigating an advanced fighter that will replace the F-15. Source joebaugher.com

F-15SE Silent Eagle: Details

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F-15J Details

f15j_details_fImage: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

1 スピードブレーキ (speed brake)


2 M61-A1 20mm機関砲 (M61 – A1 20mm machine cannon)

f15j_45M61-A1 20mm機関砲 (M61 – A1 20mm machine cannon) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

3 機関砲ガスパージルーバー (machine gun gas purge louver)

f-15c-gun機関砲ガスパージルーバー (machine gun gas purge louver)

4 マスバランス (Mass balance)

f15j_101マスバランス (Mass balance) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

5 J/APR-4(4A)レーダー警戒装置アンテナ (Radar warning device Antenna)

6 航法灯 (lamp)

f15j_11J/APR-4(4A)レーダー警戒装置アンテナ (Radar warning device Antenna) & 航法灯 (lamp) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

7 衝突防止灯  (Collision avoidance lamp)

f15j_60衝突防止灯  (Collision prevention lamp) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

8 右垂直尾翼 (Right vertical tail)

9 右方向舵 Right rudder

10 編隊灯 Formation lights

11 SUU-59/Aインナーパイロン (SUU-59 / A inner pylon)

suu59SUU-59/A Wing Station Pylon – Image: f-15e.info

12 LAU-114/Aミサイルランチャー (LAU-114 / A missile launcher)

f15j_84SUU-59/Aインナーパイロン (SUU-59 / A inner pylon) & LAU-114/Aミサイルランチャー (LAU-114 / A missile launcher) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

13 LAU-106A/A中射程ミサイル用ランチャー (LAU-106A / A medium range launcher for missiles)

lau106_03bLAU-106A/A中射程ミサイル用ランチャー (LAU-106A / A medium range launcher for missiles) – Image: f-15e.info

14 主脚車輪 (Main landing gear)

15 主脚庫扉 (Main landing gear door)

16 LAU-106A/A中射程ミサイル用ランチャー (LAU-106A / A medium range launcher for missiles)

f15j_82 (1)LAU-106A/A中射程ミサイル用ランチャー (LAU-106A / A medium range launcher for missiles) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

17 全温度プローブ (Temperature probe)

f15j_77全温度プローブ (Temperature probe) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

18 UHFアンテナ (UHF Antenna)

f15j_80UHFアンテナ (UHF Antenna) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

19 冷却空気排出口 (Cooling air outlet) – metal grill behind the cockpit

F-15J冷却空気排出口 (Cooling air outlet) – metal grill behind the cockpit – Image: pgtyman.tistory.com

20 熱交換機エア排出口 (Heat exchanger air outlet)

f15j_96熱交換機エア排出口 (Heat exchanger air outlet) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

21 電子機器搭載スペース (Electronic equipment mounting space)

img_0036電子機器搭載スペース (Electronic equipment mounting space) – Image: masdf.com

22 ACES II 射出座席 (ACES II Injection seat)

f15j_47ACES II 射出座席 (ACES II Injection seat) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

The F-15 Eagle is equipped with this version of the ACES II. It replaced an Escapac seat used in the prototypes and early aircraft. This version differs from the rest of the basic side-pull ACES II seats (A-10, F-117) in the configuration of the headrest canopy breakers, and the side-pull handles. The picture below shows the size difference between the handles on the A-10 (right) and the F-15 (left). The A-10 seats originally had no canopy breakers as in the example shown, but were later fit with a single canopy breaker. The F-117 has a metal canopy frame which precludes the use of a canopy breaker. The handles on the F-117 closely resemble the A-10 handles. Source ejectionsite.com

F-15 Eagle Losses & Ejections: Here

23 ヘッドアップディスプレイ (Head-up display)

24 AOAトランスデューサ (AOA Transducer)

f15j_74AOAトランスデューサ (AOA Transducer) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

25 ADFアンテナ (ADF antenna)

f15j_100ADFアンテナ (ADF antenna) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

26 レドーム (Radome)

f15j_102レドーム (Radome) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

27 ピトー管 (Pitot tube)

f15j_73ピトー管 (Pitot tube) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

28 編隊灯 (Formation lights)

f15j_71編隊灯 (Formation lights) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

29 タクシーライト (Taxi light)

30 ランディングライト (Landing light)

f15j_42タクシーライト (Taxi light) – Top & ランディングライト (Landing light) – Bottom – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

31 前脚庫扉 (Front wheel door)

32 前脚車輪 (Front wheel)

f15j_details_rImage: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

33 燃料投棄口 (Fuel dumping mouth)

f15j_10燃料投棄口 (Fuel dumping mouth) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

34 ラムエアインレット (Ram air inlet)

f15j_94ラムエアインレット (Ram air inlet) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

35 一次熱交換器インレット (Primary heat exchanger inlet)

36 一次熱交換器排出口 (Primary heat exchanger discharge port)

f15j_93次熱交換器排出口 (Primary heat exchanger discharge port) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

37 JFS排気口 (JFS exhaust port)

JFS排気口 (JFS exhaust port) and APU – Image: ono-fumimachigai.com

38 オグメンター燃料排出口 (Augmentor fuel outlet)

f15j_95グメンター燃料排出口 (Augmentor fuel outlet) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

39 CENC排気口 (CENC outlet)

40 アレスティング・フック (Arresting hook)

f15j_87アレスティング・フック (Arresting hook) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

41 可変面積アフターバーナーノズル (Variable area afterburner nozzle)

f15j_16可変面積アフターバーナーノズル (Variable area afterburner nozzle) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

42 アウトリガー (Outrigger)

43 スタビレーター (Stabilizer)

44 前縁ドッグトゥース (Leading edge)

45 左フラップ (Left flap)

46 左エルロン (Left aileron)

47 編隊灯 (Formation lights)

48 航法灯 (Air France lamp)

f15j_09航法灯 (Air France lamp)  – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

49 J/APR-4(4A)レーダー警戒装置アンテナ (J / APR-4 (4A) Radar warning device Antenna)

J/APR-4(4A)レーダー警戒装置アンテナ (J / APR-4 (4A) Radar warning device Antenna) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

50 主脚庫扉 (Main gallery door)

51 ガンアクセス・ドア (Gun access door)

52 AN/ALE-45チャフ/フレアディスペンサー (AN / ALE-45 Chaff / Flare Dispenser)

53 J/ALQ-8 ECMアンテナ (J/ALQ-8 ECM antenna)

f15j_70J/ALQ-8 ECMアンテナ (J/ALQ-8 ECM antenna) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

54 可変エアインテイク (Variable air intake)

screenshot-www.youtube.com-2018.08.23-04-14-59可変エアインテイク (Variable air intake)  – 爆釣会会長screenshot-www.youtube.com-2018.08.23-04-16-34可変エアインテイク (Variable air intake)  – 爆釣会会長

55 AN/ARN-118 TACANブレードアンテナ (AN / ARN-118 TACAN blade antenna)

f15j_68AN/ARN-118 TACANブレードアンテナ (AN / ARN-118 TACAN blade antenna) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

56 AOAトランスデューサ (AOA Transducer)

f15j_74AOAトランスデューサ (AOA Transducer) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

57 AN/ARC-182 U/VHFブレードアンテナ (AN / ARC-182 U / VHF blade antenna)

f15j_67AN/ARC-182 U/VHFブレードアンテナ (AN / ARC-182 U / VHF blade antenna) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

58 J/ALQ-8 ECMアンテナ (J/ALQ-8 ECM antenna)

f15j_63J/ALQ-8 ECMアンテナ (J/ALQ-8 ECM antenna) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

59 ピトー管 (Pitot tube)

f15j_73ピトー管 (Pitot tube)  – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

60 J/ALQ-8 ECMアンテナ (J/ALQ-8 ECM antenna)

f15j_65J/ALQ-8 ECMアンテナ (J/ALQ-8 ECM antenna)  – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

61 AN/ARC-182 UHFブレードアンテナ(AN / ARC-182 U / UHF blade antenna)

f15j_66AN/ARC-182 UHFブレードアンテナ(AN / ARC-182 U / UHF blade antenna) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

62 全温度プローブ (Temperature probe)

f15j_77全温度プローブ (Temperature probe) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

63 J/ALQ-8 ECMアンテナ(J/ALQ-8 ECM antenna)

64 アビオニクス/キャビンエア排出口 (Avionics / cabin air outlet)

65 インターコム操作パネル (Intercom control panel)

66 20mm機関砲給弾口 (20 mm machine gun feed bullet)

67 610USガロン機外燃料タンク (610 US gallon external fuel tank)

f15j_104610USガロン機外燃料タンク (610 US gallon external fuel tank) – Image: rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

Source  F-15J Details rightwing.sakura.ne.jp

*Note google translator used for above

Operators: Here


  • F-15J  – single seat fighter version of JASDF. 139 built under license in Japan by Mitsubishi 1981-1997, two built-in St.Louis.
  • F-15DJ – two seat training version of the JASDF. 12 built-in St.Louis, and 25 built under license in Japan by Mitsubishi during 1981-1997
  • F-15J Kai – the F-15Js that have been modernized for the JASDF. There is no official name for this particular variant but it has been referred to as the F-15 Kai (Kai means ‘modified’) by the Japanese media.

Future upgrade?



General characteristics

  • Crew: 1: pilot
  • Length: 63 ft 9 in (19.43 m)
  • Wingspan: 42 ft 10 in (13.05 m)
  • Height: 18 ft 6 in (5.63 m)
  • Wing area: 608 ft² (56.5 m²)
  • Empty weight: 28,000 lb (12,700 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 44,500 lb (20,200 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 68,000 lb (30,845 kg)
  • Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney F100-100 or -220 after-burning turbofans 
  • Dry thrust: 17,450 lbf (77.62 kN) each
  • Thrust with afterburner: 25,000 lbf for −220 (111.2 kN for −220) each
  • Fuel capacity: 13,455 lb (6,100 kg) internal


  • Maximum speed: High altitude: Mach 2.5+ (1,650+ mph, 2,660+ km/h) | Low altitude : Mach 1.2 (900 mph, 1,450 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 65,000 ft (20,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: >50,000 ft/min (254 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 73.1 lb/ft² (358 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.12 (−220)


  • Guns: 1× 20 mm M61 Vulcan
  • Hard-points: provisions to carry combinations of: | Missiles : 1) Mitsubishi AAM-3 2) Mitsubishi AAM-4 3) Mitsubishi AAM-5 4) AIM-9 Sidewinder 5) AIM-7 Sparrow | Other : Mk 82 General Purpose Bomb, CBU-87 Cluster bomb

Source everythingisaircrafts.wordpress.com

M-61A1 20mm Gatling gun

M-61A1 20mm Gatling gun

The M61 20mm Vulcan is an externally powered, six-barrel, rotary-fire gun having a rate of fire of up to 7200 spm. The firing rate is selectible at 4,000 spm or 6,000 spm. The gun fires standard electrically primed 20mm ammunition. The M61A1 is hydraulically or ram-air driven, electrically controlled, and uses a linkless ammunition feed system.

Each of the gun’s six barrels fires only once during each revolution of the barrel cluster. The six rotating barrels contribute to long weapon life by minimizing barrel erosion and heat generation. The gun’s rate of fire, essentially 100 rounds per second, gives the pilot a shot density that will enable a “kill” when fired in one-second bursts.


The M61 20mm cannon is a proven gun, having been the US military’s close-in weapon of choice dating back to the 1950s. The F-104, F-105, later models of the F-106, F-111, F-4, B-58, all used the M61, as does the Air Force’s F-15 , F-16 and F-22, and the Navy’s F-14 and F/A-18. The internally mounted 20mm cannon system is common to all versions of the F-15. This system combines the widely used (F-4, F-16, F-18) M61 cannon with 940 rounds (A through D models) or 500 rounds (E model) of ammunition. The cannon can be loaded with target practice, armor piercing, or high explosive incendiary rounds. The primary use of the cannon is in the extremely short range (less than 2000 feet) air-to-air environment, where more sophistacated air-to-air missiles are ineffective. Alternately, the cannon has limited usefulness in a ground strafing role. Source fas.org

Japan wants missiles with enough range to strike North Korea-sources: Here


Japan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Japan plans to put money aside in its next defence budget starting April to study whether its F-15 fighters could launch longer-range missiles including Lockheed Martin Corp’s extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER), which can hit targets 1,000 km (620 miles) away, said one the sources with knowledge of the plan.

Joint Strike Missile

Norway has decided to procure the F-35, the Joint Strike Fighter, manufactured by Lockheed Martin to replace its F-16s. The Royal Norwegian Air Force needs a modern weapon system for its new aircraft, and has decided to develop a new missile, the Joint Strike Missile, JSM, which can be carried externally and internally in the bomb bay of the F-35.

 The JSM missile system is designed for both Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Naval Fire Support (NFS) missions in:

  • Open sea
  • Littoral
  • Over land

To comply with operation in these areas the missile system has been designed with:

  • Advanced engagement planning system which exploits the geography in the area
  • Accurate navigation system for flight close to terrain
  • High maneuverability to allow flight planning in close vicinity to land masses
  • Imaging target seeker for discrimination of land and non-targets

The JSM long range facilitates:

  • Launch platform standoff
  • Flexibility in engagement planning
  • Sea control / Sea denial over a wide area
  • Naval fire support and strike missions at long distance

The JSM weapon Data Link will be a two-way networking data link that will offer the following capabilities to the operator:

  • Target Update
  • Re-Targeting
  • Mission abort
  • Bomb Hit Indication (BHI)


  • Speed: High Subsonic
  • Mass: 416 kg (917 lbs)
  • Length: 4.00 m (157 in)
  • Height: 0.52 m (18.9 in) (Stowed)
  • Agility: High
  • Range: >100 nm

Source: kongsberg.com

AAM-3 short-range air-to-air missile

The history of air-to-air missile [AAM] R&D in Japan started in 1955. The missiles are called the AAM-1, 2, and 3, the order in which they were developed. Japan has completed the development of the Type 90 AAM (AAM-3) with an improved turning performance, infrared counter-counter measures (IRCCM) capability and off-boresight capability. The AAM -3 is expected to replace the American Sidewinders, and the GSDF already fields the AAM-3. At present, research into SRMs is continuing to improve the off-boresight and IRCCM capabilities to deal with future threats. Data fas.org


Mitsubishi AAM-4

The Mitsubishi AAM-4 is a medium range air-to-air missile, it was developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to succeed the aging American-made AIM-7 Sparrow. It entered service with the Japanese Air Self Defence Force in the year 1999 under the designation Type 99.

The active radar guided air-to-air missile has ECCM (Electronic Counter Countermeasure) capability, which allows it to lock on a target, even if this uses ECM, this capability results of the use of advanced semi conductor technology, which made it possible to mount a single signal processor on a small place in the missile.

The program for a new medium range missile for the Japanese Air Self Defence Force started in the year 1985, while Japan searched for a replacement for the aging AIM-7 Sparrow missile. Japan had two options, the first was developing their own low-cost, active-radar guided, medium range air-to-air missile and the second was to purchase the American AIM-120 AMRAAM; Japan decided to do both. In the year 1993 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries awarded a 15 million USD contract to develop such a missile. While the Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) managed the program, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries designed and developed the missile. Development finally started in the year 1993 and 50 missiles were ordered by then.


Length 3,667 mm
Diameter 203 mm
Wing span 800 mm
Weight 222 kg
Guidance system Active radar guided
Range 100 km
Speed Mach 4-5

Data aircraft.wikia.com


Mitsubishi AAM-5

AAM-5The Mitsubishi AAM-5 (Type 04 air-to-air missile, 04式空対空誘導弾) is a short-range air-to-air missile developed and produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. Development of the missile as a replacement for the AAM-3 (Type 90) missile commenced in 1991 and it has been operational since 2004.

Unlike the Type 90 guided missile, the AAM-5 does not have a cannode. Instead, flight is controlled by a thrust vector controlled rocket motor and free-moving type control wings on the missile’s tail, which provides high mobility. The central portion of the missile has a long, thin strakes.


  • AAM-5
  • AAM-5B
Improved with enhanced background discrimination capability and capacity IRCCM, and Seeker cooling time is extended by the adoption of the Stirling engine.


AAM-5 and AAM-5B
Type air-to-air
Place of origin Japan
Service history
In service 2004 – present
Used by Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Production history
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Unit cost 55-60 million yen
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Length 3.105 m (10.19 ft)
Diameter 130 mm (5.1 in)
laser proximity fuze and impact
Wingspan 440 mm (17 in)
Propellant solid fuel rocket
35 km (22 mi)
Speed Mach 3
(Infrared homing (IIR) INS+COLOS) (B version (IRCCM) INS+COLOS)

Data wikiwand.com

AIM-7F/M medium-range Sparrow air-to-air missile


The AIM-7 Sparrow is a radar-guided, air-to-air missile with a high-explosive warhead. The versatile Sparrow has all-weather, all-altitude operational capability and can attack high-performance aircraft and missiles from any direction. The AIM/RIM-7 series is a semiactive, air-to-air, boost-glide missile, designed to be either rail or ejection launched. Semiactive, continuous wave, homing radar, and hydraulically-operated control surfaces direct and stabilize the missile on a proportional navigational course to the target. Propulsion for the missile is provided by a solid propellant rocket motor.

Guidance Section. The Guidance Section is a solid-state design. The Guidance Section is constructed modularly and includes a radome, tunnel cable to the control section, forward antenna, target and rear receivers, an embedded Missile Borne Computer (MBC), a radar fuze unit, and electric gimbaled motors.
Control Section. The control section consists of an autopilot and a hydraulic control group which provide wing control to guide the missile to the target and to stabilize the missile. An accumulator supplies the hydraulic power to move the wings in response to guidance command signals from the autopilot. In addition to circuits for processing guidance and stabilization signals, the control section also contains an AC/DC converter for adapting external power for missile requirements before launch.


The Sparrow missile is a supersonic, medium-range, aerial-intercept missile that guides on Radio Frequency (RF) energy. Sparrow incorporates Electronic Counter-Countermeasure (ECCM) capabilities, also known as Electronic Protection (EP), to defeat countermeasures such as jamming. The Sparrow began as project Hotshot in 1946, and became operational in late 1953. Experience during the Vietnam war demonstrated it to be virtually useless against manuvering targets. A special AIM-7E-2 dogfight version was produced to overcome these shortcomings. Current configurations of the Sparrow missile include four air-launched variants, AIM-7M F1 Build, AIM-7M H Build, AIM-7P Block I, and AIM-7P Block II, and as many ship-launched variants, RIM-7M F1 Build, RIM-7M H Build, RIM-7P Block I, and RIM-7P Block II.



The AIM-7F joined the Air Force inventory in 1976 as the primary medium-range, air-to-air missile for the F-15 Eagle. The AIM-7F was an almost completely new missile, gaining ability from improved avionics that allowed the warhead to be moved to the front, allowing a bigger motor to be carried that has improved range.


The AIM-7M, the only current operational version, entered service in 1982. It has improved reliability and performance over earlier models at low altitudes and in electronic countermeasures environments. It also has a significantly more lethal warhead. The latest software version of the AIM-7M is the H-Build, which has been produced since 1987 and incorporates additional improvements in guidance. AIM/RIM-7M DT and OT was successfully completed in FY82. The F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters carry the AIM-7M Sparrow.

Primary Function Air-to-air guided missile
Contractor Raytheon Co.
Power Plant Hercules MK-58 solid-propellant rocket motor
Thrust Classified
Speed Classified
Range approximately 30 nm
Length 12 feet (3.64 meters)
Diameter 8 inches (0.20 meters)
Wingspan 3 feet, 4 inches (1 meter)
Warhead Annular blast fragmentation warhead
88 lbs high explosive for AIM-9H
Launch Weight Approximately 500 pounds (225 kilograms)
Guidance System Raytheon semiactive on either continuous wave or pulsed Doppler radar energy
Date Deployed 1976
Aircraft Platforms Navy: F-14 and F/A-18;
Air Force: F-4, F-15, and F-16;
Marine Corps: F-4 and F/A-18

Data fas.org

Mk 82 General Purpose Bomb


CBU-87/B cluster bombs

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