Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)
have signed a Direct Commercial Sale agreement to support
upgrades to Japanís F-15J fleet.
The contract is part of a
larger $4.5 billion modernization program, announced by the U.S.
Government in October 2019.
The upgrades will introduce
state-of-the-art electronic warfare and weapons, with an all-new
advanced cockpit system delivering pilots with enhanced situational
Under the agreement, Boeing will provide MHI
with retrofit drawings, ground support equipment and technical publications for the upgrade of the first two F-15J aircraft to
the Japan Super Interceptor configuration.
partnered with MHI in the defense arena since the 1950s. MHI
produced under license the current Japan F-15J fleet of over 200
aircraft between 1980 and 2000, and will serve as prime contractor
for the upgrade. Sojitz Corporation, a trading company that works
with Boeingís team in Japan, will support this effort.
ďThrough this agreement, Boeing is honored to further our
long-standing tradition of support for Japanís Ministry of
Defense, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and MHI,Ē said Will
Shaffer, Boeing Japan President. ďThese upgrades will deliver
critical capability for national and collective self-defense, in
which the F-15J plays a key role. At the same time, they will
provide MHI and our partners in Japanís aerospace defense industry
with an opportunity to enhance their own extensive engineering
This DCS contract lays the foundation of the
modernization program. MHI will develop the detailed modification
plan for the jets and prepare the facilities and workforce for the
induction and upgrade of up to 98 aircraft beginning in 2022.