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    US Approves $4.5 Billion Upgrade For Japan’s 98 F-15J Fighter Jets - Defence Security Agency

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of State approved Japan’s plans to upgrade the nation’s fleet of 98 F-15J fighter jets to Super Interceptor configuration at a cost of $4.5 billion, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release on Tuesday.

    "The government of Japan has requested the upgrade of up to ninety-eight (98) F-15J aircraft to a Japanese Super Interceptor (JSI) configuration consisting of up to one hundred three (103) APG-82(v)1 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar (includes five spares); one hundred sixteen (116) Advanced Display Core Processor II (ADCP II) Mission System Computer (includes 18 spares); and one hundred one (101) ALQ-239 Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS) (includes 3 spares)", the release said.

    The estimated total program cost is $4.5 billion, the release added.

    The F-15J, a version of the US F-15 Eagle aircraft, is manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi under a licensing agreement with the former McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boeing.

    Boeing, Mitsubishi, F-15 fighter jet, Japan, United States
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