The Mitsubishi F-2

is a Japanese fighter aircraft manufactured by Mitsubishi. It is based on the American F-16.In October 1987, Japan selected the F-16 as the basis of its new fighter, to replace the Mitsubishi F-1. The F-2 programme has been controversial, because the unit cost is roughly 4 times that of a Block 50/52 F-16, but this demonstates Japan's commitment to its aerospace industry.

Some differences in the F-2 from the F-16:

* a 25% larger wing area
* radar absorbent materials have been used on the leading edges
* longer nose to accommodate a phased-array radar
* larger tailplane

The F-2's maiden flight was on October 7, 1995. Later that year, the Japanese government approved an order for 130, to enter service by 1999; structural problems resulted in service entry being delayed until 2001.


* Role: single seat fighter
* Powerplant: Generel Electric F110-GE-129 turbofan giving 7,718 kgf (75.62 kN, 17,000 lbf) military thrust and 13,393 kgf (131.22 kN, 29,500 lbf) maximum thrust with afterburning
* Size:
o Length: 15.52 m
o Height: 4.69 m
o Wingspan: 11.13 m
o Wing area: 34.84 m²
* Weight:
o Empty: 9,527 kg
o Normal Takeoff: 15,000 kg (?)
o Maximum: 22,100 kg
* Speed: Mach 2.0 at altitude
* Ceiling: about 18 km.
* Range:
o on anti-ship mission: 834 km
o Ferry: ? km
* Wing Loading: 430 kg/m² at weight of 15,000 kg
* Thrust/weight ratio: 0.89 at weight of 15,000 kg
* Armament: 20mm JM61A1 cannon, plus maximum weapon load of 8085 kg:
o AAMs: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-7 Sparrow, Mitsubishi AAM-3
o air-to-ground weapons include: ASM-1 and ASM-2 anti-ship missiles, various free-fall bombs with CGS-1 IIR seeker heads
* Cost: if an F-16 is USD 25 m, an F-2 is probably about USD 100 m
* First flew: 1995
* In service date: 2001
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