Japan’s F-15 Upgrade Adds Strike Capability

Japanese F-15s

Japanese F-15s currently carry only four medium-range air-to-air missiles. The number to be carried by upgraded aircraft is likely to be at least 12.

Credit: Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Japan’s F-15 upgrade program is focused on more than dealing with just cruise missile attacks, even though official statements long have hinted that was chiefly the main objective. The traditional core fighter role of taking on enemy fighters also is clearly a priority, since the defense ministry...

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