American aerospace firm Boeing has clinched a contract from the US Air Force to upgrade the Japanese Air Self Defense Force F-15MJ Super Interceptor aircraft.
According to the US Department of Defense, the agreement requires the company to design and develop an integrated suite of aircraft systems to support modification of the F-15MJ.
The contract also stipulates that Boeing develop, test, and deliver four Weapon System Trainers to the Japanese military.
The modified aircraft is expected to boost the nation’s air defense capabilities in the face of increasing airspace violations by Chinese and Russian military aircraft in recent years.
Work for the contract will be performed in Missouri and is expected to be complete by December 2028.
F-15 ‘Super Interceptor’ Eagles
Regarded as the premier fighter jet and interceptor for the US Air Force, the F-15 features state-of-the-art electronics and weaponry to detect, track, and attack enemy aircraft.
Its weapons and flight control systems were designed to ensure pilots’ greater safety and efficiency in air-to-air combat.
The F-15’s heads-up display projects all essential flight information gathered by the integrated avionics system. It is also visible in all light conditions, providing the information necessary in tightly-contested air encounters.
With a maximum speed of 1,875 miles (3,017 kilometers) per hour, the Super Interceptor can travel up to 3,450 miles (5,500 kilometers).
The aircraft also boasts advanced radar, an inertial navigation system, ultra-high frequency communication systems, and a tactical electronic-warfare system.