Japan is moving into a large-scale upgrade program that appears to be enormously enhancing the air-to-air capabilities of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries F-2 fighter with an improved radar and advanced medium-range missile. The work is going ahead in two parallel areas: integration of the Mitsubishi Electric AAM-4B missile and an upgrade of the company’s J/APG-1 radar to the J/APG-2 standard. The number of F-2s that are already able to use the AAM-4B is undisclosed, but a budget ...

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