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Russia and UAE to work on future light 5th generation jet

Russia and UAE to start working on 5th generation fighter 2018

February 20, 2017 TASS

Russia and the United Arab Emirates will get down to joint work on a future light 5th generation jet on the basis of MiG-29 as of 2018, the chief of Russia’s Rostec corporation, Sergey Chemezov, told the media on Feb. 20.

“We believe we shall start working on this plane as of next year. It will take seven to eight years to develop,” Chemezov said on the sidelines of the international weapons show IDEX-2017.

“A future fifth generation plane will be created on the basis of Russia’s Mig-29,” he added.

Earlier, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that Russia and the UAE had concluded an agreement on industrial cooperation in military engineering, which enabled them to launch a fifth generation fighter project.

The head of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar said the work on the plane was at the initial phase and Russia was in the process of drafting proposals. The UAC would participate in the project as the leader organization, and Sukhoi and MiG as co-contributors.

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Poghosyan: the task of creating a 5 th generation light fighter is not a priority for the KLA


MOSCOW, April 12th. (ARMS-TASS). The task of creating 5th generation light fighter is not currently a priority for the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). This ARMS-TASS, Mikhail Pogosyan, president of the KLA.

“I do not exclude the possibility of creating a light aircraft 5th generation, but this problem is not in the operational plans of the corporation”, – Pogosyan said.

Poghosyan noted that the immediate tasks in the field of lightweight fighters is the development of the MiG-29 program, build the functionality of these aircraft, and upgrading to the level of the MiG-35.

Contracts with Indian and Russian defense ministries on the MiG-29K / KUB dictate the need for “maximum concentration KLA efforts towards the completion of construction of these complexes,” said president of the corporation.

The head of the KLA said that after the completion of the MiG-29K / 35 will need to determine the vector of further development, “whether the work to go in the direction of the unmanned aerial vehicle, or light fighter of the 5th generation.”

Talking about the technical possibilities of the creation of the 5th generation of light fighter, the president of the KLA said that copying American counterparts will be ineffective for several reasons.Soviet and Russian aircraft has always developed their own scenario in accordance with the current military doctrine, he said.

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S-400 will allow China to control Taiwan and Diaoyu airspace

Russia’s S-400 to help China control Taiwan and Diaoyu airspace – expert


If Russia will supply its high-end S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to China equipped with 40Н6Е missiles, it will give China a tool to have a full control of the airspace over Taiwan and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Vasily Kashin explains why the S-400 is such a crucial purchase for Beijing.

A recent statement by the Rostec’s director for international cooperation Victor Kladov about the production of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system for China was mistakenly interpreted by many media outlets as a “beginning of production” of these systems.

His statements did not mean that production had just begun. Most likely, this happened earlier, as the contract to supply China with four divisions of S-400 complexes was signed in the fall of 2014.

Judging by Kladov’s words, it can be assumed that the first batch of S-400 will be delivered in 2017 or perhaps early 2018.

In 2016 Rostec’s head Sergey Chemezov told media outlets that the system will arrive in China “not earlier than 2018.” At the same time, one cannot rule out some acceleration of this process.

New missiles

The geo-political raifications of the delivery of the S-400 to China will depend on what specific missiles will it be equipped with.

The most important innovation of the complex should be the 40N6Е missiles with the range of 400 km and active radar homing in the terminal phase.

Long term production trends suggest that Russia will eventually supply the 40N6Е missiles. However, according to open sources, sophisticated and expensive tests of these missiles were repeatedly delayed.

Without these missiles, the S-400 is just a small upgrade of the S-300PMU2. China had earlier purchased 15 divisions of the S-300. The S-400 has a wider range of target detection, better management tools and advanced types of missiles, but it will not be a radical improvement unless equipped with the 40N6Е.

If it is equipped with the advanced missiles, China’s S-400 will be enough to fully cover the airspace over Taiwan, at least for non-maneuverable aerial targets such as airborne and early warning and control aircrafts (AEW&C), reconnaissance and transport aircrafts.

It may also help impose a ban on flights of fighter aircrafts in the region. In case the S-400 are deployed on the Shandong Peninsula they will be able to target aircraft over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.

Thus, the system could give China a significant advantage in two areas where the PLA has to deal with strong and technically well-equipped opponents.

The system can play an important role in preventing or obstructing deployment of American forces in the Western Pacific if the U.S. attempts to support its allies.

A temporary solution

The purchase of only four divisions perhaps is only a temporary solution that will allow China to raise the capabilities of its air defense until it has its own anti-aircraft systems. China is actively engaged in this work. In case the development of Chinese systems will face additional challenges, we are likely to see additional procurement of the S-400 systems.

Chinese military planning has given priority to long range ground-based air defense systems. Beijing believes that these kind of systems can compensate for many of the U.S. Air Force’s strengths, such as better equipment, and the high training and extensive combat experience gained in many wars. In this regard, the Chinese generally follow the Soviet and Russian approach to the confrontation of American air power.

While figuring out when the new system can begin to exert real influence on the balance of power in East Asia, it is also important to take into account the extreme complexity of its operation and maintenance. It may take upto a year to train the Chinese personnel to use the systems.

Even if you install the systems well in advance, the divisions equipped with it will have to undergo the cycle of combat training in China to be fully ready to perform their tasks.

Of course, if at the time of delivery of the S-400 there is a serious destabilization of the situation in the region, such as an acute Sino-American confrontation, all the necessary interim stages in the preparation of the system can be accelerated.

Vasily Kashin is a senior research fellow in the Moscow Based Institute for Far Eastern Studies and in the Higher School of Economics. Views expressed are personal.

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Russia to deliver four more military transport Mi-17V5 helicopters to Thailand

Russia Plans to Supply Thailand With 4 Mi-17V5 Helicopters – Rostec Official

10:11 19.02.2017(updated 10:15 19.02.2017)

Russia plans to deliver four military transport Mi-17V5 helicopters to Thailand, Rostec state corporation’s international cooperation head Viktor Kladov told Sputnik on Saturday.

ABU DHABI (Sputnik) — Thailand intends to use the helicopters for handling the consequences of natural disasters and carrying troops.

“The Thai side is very happy with the Mi-17V5s and we have new orders for them… Bangkok is buying more. As far as I know, they are talking about four helicopters,” Kladov said.

Earlier in February, media reports suggested that Thailand planned to order 12 Mi-17V5s from Russia to replace US-made CH-47D helicopters.

Six Mi-17V5s are said to already be in operation with the Thai forces.

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Update on Cobra Gold 2017 – Videos

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Main image: Head of U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Harry B. Harris, stands with troops participating in the opening ceremony of the Cobra Gold Thai-US military exercise on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 in Sattahip, Thailand. Harris is the highest-ranking U.S. official to attend the annual exercise this year since Thailand’s 2014 coup in an American bid to strengthen relations.Dake Kang AP Photo

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Cobra Gold 2017 kick off

US to Send Admiral to Thailand for Military Exercises


Cobra Gold 2017 kick off

Exercise Cobra Gold 2017 to Begin February 14, 2017

Thailand and the United States will co-host the annual, multilateral Exercise Cobra Gold in various areas throughout the Kingdom of Thailand February 14-24, 2017.

Exercise Cobra Gold, the largest multilateral exercise in Asia, has taken place annually for more than 30 years. Cobra Gold 2017, the 36th version of the military exercise, will bring together more than two dozen nations to address regional and global security challenges and to promote international cooperation and stability within the region.

Cobra Gold 2017 will strengthen regional cooperation and collaboration, increasing the ability of participating nations to work together on complex multilateral operations such as enhancing maritime security, preventing and mitigating emerging disease threats, and responding to large-scale natural disasters. The exercise will improve the capabilities of participating nations to plan and conduct combined, joint operations; build relationships across the region; and improve interoperability across a wide range of security activities.

This year’s Cobra Gold will consist of three primary events: a staff exercise which includes a senior leader seminar, a field training exercise that includes a variety of training events to strengthen regional relationships and enhance interoperability, and humanitarian civic assistance projects in Thai communities.

There will be up to 29 nations either directly participating in or observing Cobra Gold 2017, with approximately 3,600 U.S. personnel directly participating in the various events both ashore and afloat.

Media are invited to attend the following events:

  • 14 February: Cobra Gold Opening Ceremony, Sattahip Royal Thai Marine Corps Base, Chonburi Province.
  • 17 February: Amphibious Assault Demonstration, Hat Yao Beach, Sattahip, Chonburi Province.
  • 19 February: Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) / Transportation of Japanese Nationals Overseas (TJNO), Utapao Naval Base, Rayong Province.
  • 23 February: Humanitarian Civic Action Project Site One Dedication Ceremony, Ban Non Leuam School, Nakhon Ratchasima Province.
  • 24 February: Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) / Closing Ceremony, Phu Lamyai Training Area, Nakhon Ratchasima Province.

Media interested in attending any of these events must RSVP no later than three days prior by sending an email to

For more information, photos, and stories about the Cobra Gold exercise, including past iterations, please visit the visit the Cobra Gold public web page: the official Facebook page at

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Main image: A U.S. Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, drive a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle off the USNS Fred W. Stockham, during exercise Cobra Gold, at Laem Chabang International Terminal, Thailand, Feb. 11, 2017. Cobra Gold, in its 36th iteration, is an important element of the United States’ and all other participating nations’ regional military to military engagement efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Wesley Timm)



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1000w_q95-6 A U.S. Marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 4, drives a Logistics Vehicle System off the USNS Fred W. Stockham, during exercise Cobra Gold, at Laem Chabang International Terminal, Thailand, Feb. 11, 2017. Cobra Gold, in its 36th iteration, is an important element of the United States’ and all other participating nations’ regional military to military engagement efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Wesley Timm)

MKS-180 multi-role warships


The multi-role vessel 180 (MCS 180) (first as Mean surface combatant unit (Miike) or K131) is an arms project of the German Navy . As part of the reorientation of the Bundeswehr the planned quantity has been reduced from eight to six. The number of only six MKS 180 was called in the summer of 2010. In June 2015, finally, the decision to tender for the procurement of at least four units was announced. These are the Navy made successively available from 2023rd More recent sources and data in the literature now speak of multipurpose frigates of class F126. Already in 2014 it was reported that a frigate that fully meets all the requirements, will be greater than the Sachsen class . In June 2015 has been declared, the Department of Defense have chosen to great design fully meets all requirements. The costs are estimated at about 4 billion euros. The army called a manning of up to 180. Three consortia with German participation taking part in the tender. According to the previous plan (Mai 2016) to the job until late summer 2017, will be signed before the elections.

Germany to buy six MKS-180 multi-role warships – ministry

Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:07pm GMT

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has decided to buy six MKS-180 multi-role warships instead of putting off a decision on two of those ships until 2030, her spokesman said on Monday.

The ministry decided last October to delay a tender for four warships, which was valued at 4 billion euros (£3.4 billion), to ensure that quality standards were met. A decision on two extra warships had initially been planned in 2030.

“The need is there. Now the minister has decided to buy all six of the required MKS-180 ships,” the spokesman said, without providing a new cost estimate for the programme.

The new ships, to be delivered from 2023, will be used for attacking targets on land and underwater, as well as providing aerial protection to other vessels.

The three teams bidding to build the new warships are the Bremen-based shipyard Luerssen and Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, Blohm + Voss and the Dutch group Damen shipyards, and German Naval Yards paired with Britain’s BAE Systems, according to security sources.

Von der Leyen’s decision comes against the backdrop of increased pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump for Germany and other NATO countries to spend more on their own defences.

Germany is boosting military spending by nearly 2 billion euros in 2017 to 37 billion euros, or 1.22 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), but said it would take time to reach the NATO target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defence.

The German government, together with France, has been pushing for greater European defence and security cooperation, especially after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Berlin has also deepened its bilateral military ties with the Netherlands and Norway with recent agreements.

On Monday, Norway announced that Germany would buy naval strike missiles from its Kongsberg Gruppen for more than 10 billion crowns (£895.1 million).

The German defence ministry said the two countries would work together on developing the Norwegian firm’s missile.

The MKS-180 ships are to be the first to be outfitted with the new missiles, and they will become standard equipment on German and Norwegian frigates in the longer term.

The German minister’s decision to buy all six ships will not affect the current procurement process, with the two additional ships to be purchased under a separate lot, the spokesman said.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile: Details


Technical details

Since the end of 2011 a number of awards shall be made, in which German shipyards to submit their concepts.Usually two or three concepts per supplier be required with alternative hull shapes, etc. The Bundeswehr calls of the ship:

  • Worldwide use (high seas, marginal seas, coastal waters)
  • Use in all climatic zones (arctic and tropical waters)
  • Maximum continuous driving over 26 knots, continuous cruise speed 18 knots up to sea state 4
  • Driving range 4000 nm at 18 kn without replenishment
  • Sea endurance 21 days
  • Combined Anti-Missile Defence (ASMD) , Anti Air Warfare (AAW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) ability to the outer limit of the closest area with a mix of gun (mean Multipurpose barreled weapon against sea and air targets, two light gun against lake – and air targets, two RAM block 2 ), airports and decoys (two multifunctional launcher) with a “threat reasonable detection unit” to cover the entire EM spectrum (radar, IR, laser)
  • precise, graded and selective attacking sea targets middle-distance range (z. B. with shipboard helicopters)
  • medium anti-ship missiles 
  • central air missile ESSM with> 50km range
  • EloUM capability of 0.5 to 40 GHz
  • Detection of warfare agents
  • Protection of ammunition facilities, ship management areas and operational headquarters to hand weapon firing 12.7 mm caliber armor piercing
  • Center camera monitoring for upper deck and side walls in the port
  • Access control options (PIN / chip card) at all openable from the outside bulkheads / hatches
  • Day and night recording capability of organic UAV / board helicopters also in meteorological boundary conditions

The demands for a two-year period of use (intensive use) associated with low manning levels (up to 140 persons + 70 persons Einschiffungskapazität) require a high survivability of all systems with the greatest possible service intervals. The focus is on reducing the life cycle costs on a absolutely necessary size in the foreground. As a result certain requirements:

  • Intensive use of with more crew model, crew changes every four months within 96 hours
  • Duration of use and driving profile analogous frigate 125
  • Extensive repair functionalities such as online diagnostics with home workshops (telemaintenance) and modules can be exchanged at levels Material Grade 3 by the crew with shelves for driving ability and self-protection
  • Ability to underway replenishment
  • Loading and Enttankungsanlagen for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) , UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicle), USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) and helicopter
  • Shelves for 20-ft containers and for storage of equipment of the components employed
  • Medical service capacity for general medical and emergency care, sick bay
  • Staff efficient ship control (including ship operation equipment) and damage coordination and implementation (platform automation) with additional monitoring capability on the bridge
  • Flight deck for shipborne helicopter with take-off weight up to 15 t, with hangar facility for flight operations, maintenance and repair of a shipborne helicopter and two UAVs

The MKS 180 is designed modular mission. As a result, the ship will be equipped with standardized equipment and personnel packages for certain missions or assignments. The operational requirements of the MKS 180 see the time (end of 2013) the following mission modules before, the focus is on the underwater combat:

  1. Systems for advanced education using the ship’s own EloUM equipment ( Signals Intelligence )
  2. Systems for targeting and reconnaissance action against submarines, specifically a towed array sonar
  3. Systems for underwater reconnaissance and combat mines and explosive devices, specifically a mine hunting drone
  4. Mobile diving decompression chamber
  5. Systems for the detection of divers or frogmen

As regards the establishment and operation of mission modules and 20-ft containers the ship prepared shelves needed for payload with corresponding supply terminals for complete technical integration and night and all weather access and additional jobs on board, which should be considered in the design of the vessel. The vehicular components include two rigid inflatable boats with maximum continuous driving of over 35 knots and two launching devices. They should give the ship the ability to use two teams use special forces simultaneously.

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MKS 180 Main Characteristics

Length: approximately 155 meters at waterline
Displacement: maximum 9,000 tonnes
Accommodation: 110 crew, 70 passengers
Operating endurance: 24 months
Operating area: worldwide
Ice class: 1C / E1 for sea areas with ice formation
Service life: 30 years


Club-M Coastal Missile System

CLUB-M Multi-Purpose Mobile Coastal Missile System is intended for engaging the following types of targets from the coast (up to 100 km from the coastline) under deliberate adversary countermeasures:

  • „surface ships of various types and classes (both single and in groups) – by anti-ship missiles (3М-54KE, 3М-54KE1);
  • stationary objects on the enemy territory (administrative centers, weapon and fuel depots, force control centers, sea terminals, air-fields etc.) – by land-attack missiles (3М-14KE).

Effectiveness of target engagement is ensured by single firing from any launcher as well as salvo firing from several launchers.

Mobile active and passive radar means of target acquisition and designation enable to implement flexible detection strategy, specifically covert detection.

It is possible to obtain online data from external sources of reconnaissance and target designation.


3М-54KE anti-ship missiles


М-54KE1 anti-ship missiles

The 3M-54E missile has a range of 300 km. For the majority of its trajectory it flies at a high subsonic speed. The first stage drops off when the missile reaches the prescribed altitude and its second stage sustainer engine goes into action. This is the time when the missile’s wing and tail assembly unfold. The altitude of its flight goes down to 10-15 metres above the sea surface and the missile heads towards the target in accordance with the target designations, fed before the start into the memory of its board guidance system. The targeting on the cruise sector of the trajectory is effected by an inertia navigation system. The end sector of the missile’s flight with the homing head active proceeds only five metres above the water surface. At 60 km from its target the third, solid-fuel stage separates from the missile, accelerates to supersonic speed and overcomes the defence zone of the target vessel

In spite of its relatively small launch weight of 1,570 kilograms, the missile has a range of 300 kilometres and a powerful 450-kilogram warhead, which can blow up very large surface craft. The missile’s moderate weight allows even warships with a small displacement to take aboard quite a few of such deadly weapons.

3M-54E 3M-54E1 3M-14E
Length [m] 8.22 6.2 6.2
Diameter [m] 0.533 0.533 0.533
Launch Weight [kg] 2,300 1,780 1,780
Maximum Range [km] 220 300 300
Speed [Mach] Depends on flight mode
Subsonic Mode: Mach 0.6 – 0.8, Supersonic Mode: Mach 2.9
0.6 – 0.8
Terminal Stage Speed for the 3M-54E1
0.6 – 0.8
Terminal Stage Speed for the 3M-14E
Warhead Weight [kg] 200 400 400
Control System Inertial + Active Radar Homing Inertial + Active Radar Homing Inertial
Flight Path Low-Flying Low-Flying Ballistic

Missile Data

Monolith-B radar

The coastal surface and air reconnaissance system Monolit-B is intended for long-range, over the horizon detection and tracking of surface targets using integrated means of active and passive radio detection and ranging, means of automated reception and processing of information on surface situation obtained from the carriers equipped with articles Mineral-ME and special interfacing equipment and from external information sources (ships, helicopters, lookout posts) over standard communication lines in the telephone mode, and also for generation and output of target designation data to missile weapon control systems.

The coastal system provides

  • Detection, tracking and classification of surface targets using an active radar
  • Long-range, over the horizon detection and classification of radiating radars using the means of passive radio detection and ranging
  • Determination of the coordinates of radiating radars using detection and target designation in the passive mode
  • Identification of surface targets nationality based on the friend-or-foe principle
  • Automated acquisition, processing and display of the data on surface situation received from the interactive objects and data sources
  • Generation and output of surface situation and target designation data to the control systems of the mobile coastal missile systems (MCMS) Bastion
  • Drawing up, editing or input of a prearranged electronic plan for execution of the assigned combat or training tasks
  • Execution of a march to the assigned positions with operational control of own spatial position and that of the interactive objects
  • Deployment on both non-surveyed and pre-surveyed positions
  • Exchange of clear and encrypted messages with the interactive objects using standard communication lines in motion, at halts, and during operation at position
  • Automated generation and transmission of combat activity control commands, signals and directives to the controlled interactive objects, reception and automated processing of reports and acknowledgements
  • Reception and automated processing of combat activity control commands, signals and directives coming from the control objects
  • Automated generation and transmission of reports and acknowledgements.

 The active radar serves for execution of the following tasks

  • Surface situation coverage
  • Detection, classification, coordinate determination, and tracking of surface targets
  • Identification of tracked surface targets nationality using interfaced equipment for nationality identifications
  • Generation and output of target designation data to the mutual data exchange and orientation radar (DEORdr) Mineral-ME3

The passive radar serves for execution of the following tasks

  • Long-range, over the horizon detection of radiating radars
  • Determination of radiation parameters
  • Classification of the received signals by the radiating radar type
  • Generation of the data on observed surface situation and output of this data to the DEORdr.

The DEORdr provides

  • Mutual orientation of the Monolit-B coastal system vehicles
  • Joint processing of the data on surface targets received from the integrated means of active and passive radio detection and ranging and from other data sources equipped with the equipment providing logical and physical interface with the Monolit-B coastal system
  • Generation of target designation data


Range of surface targets detection with the active radar

  • under normal propagation conditions with antenna positioned at height of 9 to 12 above sea level: 35 km
  • with antenna positioned at height of 9 to 12 m above sea level and with driven waveguide available: 90 to 100 km
  • under super refraction conditions: up to 250 km

Range of surface targets detection with the passive radar: up to 450 km
Maximum number of tracked targets

  • with active radar: 30
  • with the passive radar in detection mode: 50
  • with the passive radar in TD data generation mode: 10

Maximum number of targets processed by DEORdr: 200 km


Japanese F-15s out maneuvered by Chinese Su-30 in recent air dual

Why is Japan F-15 so humiliating? Antique cockpit thirty years did not upgrade was sue -30 seconds

2016-12-11 14:31:03

Japanese F-15J fighter

Recently, the Japanese self defense force F-15J fighter again and Chinese Su -30MKK fighter had a contest, the parties can be learned from the report, the Japanese F-15J fighters once again lost to Chinese air force Su -30, had to release decoy escape. As everyone knows, jamming bomb is used to protect its own aircraft, is itself in the use, the disadvantage is obvious, in this contest in Japan’s F-15 fighter has been in a passive state, the air force is Chinese Su -30 fighter tail biting (6 bit).

Early in June this year, the same is Japan’s F-15J fighter and China Su -30 fighter contest, F-15 Su -30 aircraft approaching provocation, with radar Chinese fighter, then seize the favorable position of Su -30 decisive maneuver, forced the Japanese release of F-15J decoy escape. From this two Japanese F-15J fighter and the Chinese Soviet -30MKK fighter battle can be seen, the Japanese side is not only equipped with no advantage, the pilot’s technology is not as good as china.

Chinese Air Force Su -30MKK fighter

F-15 fighter as a classic American developed the three generation machine, appearance of great beauty, performance is also very good, in addition to military equipment, but also exported to Japan, South Korea, Israel, Singapore and other countries, but only Japan obtained the production license, except the United States and Japan is equipped with F-15 fighter of most countries, since 1981, received a total of 213 aircraft, including 165 single seat frame, two seater 48 aircraft, 2 single seater F-15J first obtained and 14 two seater F-15DJ made by McDonnell, the rest by the Japanese Mitsubishi Co responsible for manufacturing, by the end of 2013 and 201 aircraft in service.

Once, hundreds of Japanese F-15 fighters China really feel the pressure, but also for many Chinese fans envy, but turned upside down, now a large number of new fighters -10A\/B\/C and fighters -11B fighter into Chinese air force F -20 has been delivered, but Japan is still the same basic thirty years ago, a large number of F-15 fighters have been served for thirty years, and not after the upgrade, the aging fault, repeatedly exposed during the flight accident parts.

Japan self defense force F-15 fighter

Japan due to a defeated nation in World War II, only has the right to self-defense, so the United States sold to Japan’s F-15 belongs to air superiority, and versatile, the basic is the U.S. early version of F-15C\/D emasculated version, makes SDF F-15 fighters cannot use the precise guidance of ammunition, and it is equipped with AN\/APG-63 pulse Doppler radar do not have the ability to attack multiple target tracking, but not to AIM-120 active radar guided medium range air-to-air missile. The United States did not provide a sensitive electronic counter system to Japan, the F-15 fighter equipment and electronic warfare equipment radar alarm devices are homemade.

Japanese F-15J antique instrument cockpit

Later on the part of Japan F-15J upgraded, mainly is to upgrade the infrared photoelectric system, airborne central computer and electronic warfare system, with new radar and Link16 data link, which can use Japanese AAM-4 active radar BVR air-to-air missiles, and prepare the antique like cockpit for digital glass cockpit, but there are only a few F-15J were modified, a large number of F-15J is still in use thirty years ago cockpit.

Su -30MKK fighter glass cockpit

It is clear that the Japanese F-15 fighters with Chinese Su -30 fighter is not in the same level, whether it is -30MKK or China air force Soviet naval aviation Su -30MK2 is a flat glass cockpit under two, and the China air superiority fighter -10A\/B\/C installed a large number of columns is a flat three glass cockpit -11B, f is reached a level five, and China aircraft began to enter the active phased array radar, pulse Doppler radar with F-15J than what is?

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Well no surprise there as the Su-30 is a better fighter jet…..

This report does confirm the reports by the Western press….That Japanese fighters deployed decoy flares……

Maybe Japan should get some Gripen E as stopgap before their new stealth fighter goes into production……

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Javelin Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT)

In 2004, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Aviation Technology Group Inc (ATG) announced an agreement to develop and produce the two-seat Javelin family of military jet trainers – the Javelin Mk-20 and the Javelin Mk-30. The Aviation Technology Group Inc, which was set up in 2000 to develop the Javelin jet trainer, has headquarters in Englewood, Colorado.


The Mk-20 is the basic phase 2+ jet trainer and the Mk-30 is an advanced trainer derivative of the Mk-20, with more powerful engines, enhanced avionics and an embedded simulation and virtual training system.


The Javelin civilian Mk-10 prototype made its maiden flight in September 2005 at Centennial Airport in Englewood.

Javelin civilian Mk-10 prototype


The civil Javelin jet was scheduled to enter service in late 2008 followed by the Javelin Mk-20 military trainer and Javelin Mk-30. However the aircraft development programme was halted in December 2007, following the failure to raise sufficient funds for its continuation.

Javelin military trainer aircraft design


The construction of the military trainer aircraft is completed at ATG or IAI facilities depending on the customer. IAI provides military systems integration for HUD and other cockpit systems.

The fuselage is of high-strength, low-weight, composite construction. The aircraft has a swept cantilever wing and two aft body strakes, a sweptback tail and twin vertical stabilizers outwardly canted at 20°

The trainer is equipped with hydraulically operated retractable tricycle-type landing gear. The single-wheeled main landing gear has oleo-pneumatic trailing link struts and anti-skid brakes.


Javelin Mk-20 phase 2 jet trainer


The Mk-20 trainer covers phase 2 basic training, giving a smooth transition for pilots who have successfully completed phase 1 Ab initio training. Depending on customer requirements, much of the more advanced phase 3 training is also possible with the Mk-20.

The cockpit and avionics are compatible with the displays and operating systems deployed in current fighter aircraft such as the Eurofighter, F-15, F-16, MiG-29, Rafale and Su-30.

Javelin Mk-30 phase 3/4 jet trainer


The Mk-30 covers phase 3 advanced training and phase 4 lead in fighter training; successful pilots are then able to transfer to phase 5 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) training.

The Mk-30 provides training in tactical navigation and formation flight at speeds up to 500kt at low level. The tactical air-to-ground training covers simulated air-to-ground attacks and defence against simulated surface-to-air missile threats. The training includes the identification and simulated attack of ground targets using simulated Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Forward-Looking InfraRed (FLIR).


Tactical air-to-air training develops the student pilot’s capability to manoeuvre against hostile forces while performing high-g offensive and defensive tactics.

Training sessions include the operation of simulated fire control radar during interceptions and close engagements.

The trainee pilots develop cognitive skills through training in simulated complex battlefield scenarios including representative threats and targets.

The instructor can insert simulated airborne targets and ground to air threats. Real-time ground monitoring facilities allow the instructor to monitor the trainee pilot in solo flight.



The cockpit is fitted with Hands-On Throttle And Stick (HOTAS) operation. A Head-Up Display (HUD) is fitted in the forward pilot station and a HUD repeater in the rear instructor station. The tandem cockpit is fitted with Martin Baker zero-zero ejection seats.


Avidyne Corporation, of Lincoln, Massachusetts, is supplying the FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck for the Javelin aircraft. Entegra includes two 10.4in diagonal displays – a Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multi-Function Display (MFD) – in the forward and rear cockpits. The PFD displays attitude, airspeed, altitude, heading and vertical speed. The MFD shows the flight route on a moving colour map with contoured terrain, traffic, and datalinked graphical weather information.

Entegra also includes an integrated flight management system, VHF communication and navigation, Mode S transponder and dual redundant GPS receivers.

FlightMax Entegra integrated flight deck


The integrated FlightMax Entegra avionics system processes all the information a DA40 DiamondStar pilot needs — attitude, heading, altitude, airspeed, engine data, navigation maps, datalink weather, traffic, terrain and obstacle surveillance. The FlightMax Entegra system for the DiamondStar consists of two 10.4-inch diagonal, high-resolution, sunlight-readable displays; a FlightMax Entegra primary flight display (PFD) with an integrated solid-state air data and attitude/heading reference system (ADAHRS), and the EX5000 multi-function display (MFD). The Entegra PFD presents standard flight instrumentation including attitude direction indicator (EADI), horizontal situation indicator (EHSI), altitude, airspeed, and vertical speed. Source



The twin engines are installed in the rear fuselage section. The engine selected for the Javelin Mk-20 is the Williams International FJ33-4-17M turbofan with Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC). The engine is equipped with an inverted oil system to permit aerobatic manoeuvres.

The engine for the Mk-30 aircraft has not been announced.

The 1,060l (280gl) fuel tank is installed in the fuselage to the rear of the cockpit between the engine air intakes.

*Note other sources indicate Williams FJ33-4-19J turbofan

2 × Williams FJ33-4-19J turbofans, 1,750 lbf (8.0 kN) each


The advanced, very light FJ33 fanjet expands the options available to airframe manufacturers by providing an engine sized to power a whole new class of affordable light jets in the 5000- to 9000-pound GTOW class. These light jet aircraft will cruise over the weather at jet speeds, take off and land at small airports, and have lower operating cost than many twin-piston aircraft. The excellent thrust-to-weight ratio, fuel efficiency, and low acquisition and operating cost make the 1000 to1900-lbf FJ33 family of engines the only choice for this class of airplane. The FJ33 was FAA certified in 2004.

The Williams International FJ33 fanjet family incorporates technological advances developed under our FJ44 programs. Williams’ low-noise, third-generation wide-sweep fan technology coupled with advanced high work, high efficiency core components results in a high overall pressure ratio that provides light weight and extraordinary cruise fuel economy. The robust, highly reliable FJ33 will help increase the availability of your aircraft.

The FJ33 enables aircraft to have the speed, comfort, and safety of jet propulsion at the economics of twin-piston aircraft.

Engine characteristics
Thrust Class…..1000 – 1900 lbf
Length………..38.5 in
Weight (dry)…..<310 lb




The Javelin Mk-20 has a maximum speed of over Mach 0.85 and a design load factor of +6g to -3g. The landing weight stall speed is under 90kt and it has a landing weight approach speed of around 110kt.

The heavier Javelin Mk-30 trainer has a maximum speed of Mach 0.95 and a design load factor of +6g to -3g. The stall landing weight speed is less than 100kt and landing weight approach speed around 130kt.

Both the Mk-20 and Mk-30 have a ferry range of 1,200nm and maximum altitude of 13,715m (45,000ft).

Virtual training systems


The virtual training systems include a pilot evaluation system, Mission Planning and Debriefing System (MPDS), simulators and a classroom-based knowledge system and training management programme.

The instructors and pilots have access to Air-Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation (ACMI) type debriefing.


Javelin Specifications

Crew: 2

Number of Engines: 2


Height: 10.5 foot (3.20 meter)

Length: 37 foot (11.3 meter)

Wingspan: 25.1 foot (7.65 meter)


Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 6 g

Min Maneuvering Load Factor: -3 g


Ceiling: 45,000 foot (13,716 meter)

Max Range: 1,000 nautical mile (1,852 kilometer)


Differential Pressurization: 8.30 psi


Climb Rate: 9,000 fpm (46 mps)

Cruise Speed: 500 KTAS (925 kph)

Stall Speed: 88 KCAS


Flight Endurance: 3.50 hour


Fuel Tank Capacity: 280 galon


Max Baggage: 200 pound

Max Takeoff Weight: 3,300 kilogram (7,275 pound)

Min Weight: 2,041 kilogram (4,500 pound)



Main material source

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

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

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


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)


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:

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



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.


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:

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:

“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”



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:


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


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.



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”.



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.



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


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


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


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

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

F-15SE Silent Eagle: Details

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F-15J Details


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:

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:

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:

7 衝突防止灯  (Collision avoidance lamp)

f15j_60衝突防止灯  (Collision prevention lamp) – Image:

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:

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:

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:

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:

17 全温度プローブ (Temperature probe)

f15j_77全温度プローブ (Temperature probe) – Image:

18 UHFアンテナ (UHF Antenna)

f15j_80UHFアンテナ (UHF Antenna) – Image:

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:

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:

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:

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

f15j_47ACES II 射出座席 (ACES II Injection seat) – Image:

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

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:

25 ADFアンテナ (ADF antenna)

f15j_100ADFアンテナ (ADF antenna) – Image:

26 レドーム (Radome)

f15j_102レドーム (Radome) – Image:

27 ピトー管 (Pitot tube)

f15j_73ピトー管 (Pitot tube) – Image:

28 編隊灯 (Formation lights)

f15j_71編隊灯 (Formation lights) – Image:

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:

31 前脚庫扉 (Front wheel door)

32 前脚車輪 (Front wheel)


33 燃料投棄口 (Fuel dumping mouth)

f15j_10燃料投棄口 (Fuel dumping mouth) – Image:

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:

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:

37 JFS排気口 (JFS exhaust port)

JFS排気口 (JFS exhaust port) and APU – Image:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

54 可変エアインテイク (Variable air intake)可変エアインテイク (Variable air intake)  – 爆釣会会長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:

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:

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:

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:

59 ピトー管 (Pitot tube)

f15j_73ピトー管 (Pitot tube)  – Image:

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:

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:

62 全温度プローブ (Temperature probe)

f15j_77全温度プローブ (Temperature probe) – Image:

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:

Source  F-15J Details

*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


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

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


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


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



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)


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


Mk 82 General Purpose Bomb


CBU-87/B cluster bombs

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Updated Dec 15, 2020