All that was announced about this time last year wasn't it?Japan has made a fairly decisive reaction to continuing ‘provocation’ by China’s airspace incursions.
Japanese fighter pilot Lt. Col. Takamichi Shirota says his country is under increasing pressure from the air. Analysts say it's a pressure faced by few other nations.edition.cnn.com
It has made a massive order for 'Japanese Super F-15’s’. The upgraded latest versions of the F-15’s will complement the large fleet of F-35’s on order. The two types make a particularly potent force multiplication which is directly intended to counter China’s increasingly belligerent build up and muscle flexing in the S China sea area.
The U.S. State Department in late October 2019 cleared the Japanese government to spend up to $4.5 billion upgrading 98 Boeing F-15J fightersnationalinterest.org
This together with the increased military co-operation between the various nations that are directly effected has to a large degree been as a direct result of China’s recent actions in that area.
The upgrade package is substantial.
The Government of Japan has requested the upgrade of up to ninety-eight (89 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 5 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). Also included are Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) with software, training and support; Selective Availability Anti-spoofing Module (SAASM); ARC-210 radio, aircraft and munition integration and test support; ground training devices (including flight and maintenance simulators); support and test equipment; software delivery and support; spare and repair parts; communications equipment; facilities and construction support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; studies and surveys; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total program cost is $4.5 billion.
The new AESA radar will provide the F-15JSI with impressive new air-to-ground capabilities and enable them to perform maritime patrol and interdiction missions. Japan is also developing indigenous hypersonic weapons which could also be carried, along with Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, another possibility. These aircraft would be very capable bomb trucks for the two varients of F-35 presently on order.
China, and the CCP, is by its own actions is forging an alliance that intends to counter the CCP's ambitions to rule the world with China as the principal superpower. In particular, with the CCP’s present policies, which do not conform to what is generally considered what human rights freedoms are presently strived for, by the West, and many other countries round the globe.
CHINA has been warned its confrontational stance will drive the international community into an "alliance" aimed at reining in Beijing.www.express.co.uk
Their youngest airframe must be 25 years old by now.