BEIJING — The Japanese ministry of defense is considering ordering a further batch of about 20 F-2 strike fighters from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to sustain the country’s combat aircraft production base, the Sankei newspaper says. The aircraft would replace F-4 Phantoms in the air-to-air role and would be ordered in addition to the 94 that, according to a 2006 plan, were supposed to complete the F-2 program. By ordering extra F-2s, the ministry would protect the industry from ...

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