Jump to navigation Saab Jas 39 Gripen Fsx to search “FS-X” redirects here. For the video game, see Microsoft Flight Simulator X. The JASDF and its contractors considered developing a Japanese-designed, Japanese-produced replacement for the aging Mitsubishi F-1 fighter as early as 1981. A formal feasibility study commenced in 1985.
As the program began to take formal shape in 1985, several United States officials raised concerns that the program would result in an inferior aircraft, and would weaken the U. In early 1987, the United States, through Caspar Weinberger and other administration officials, began formally pressuring Japan to execute the project as a U. The Reagan administration and Nakasone government announced the joint project in October 1987. On the American side, senior officials in the State Department and Defense Department supported the project as a means for the U. Japanese technology and as a means of strengthening U. Bush took office as president of the United States in January 1989, the U.
MOU, which the Japanese government viewed as an attempt to re-negotiate it. Work started in the FS-X program, initially given the company designation Mitsubishi SX-3. 52 F-16, which does not include development costs. As of 2008, 94 aircraft were planned.
The F-2’s maiden flight was on 7 October 1995. The last of 94 production aircraft ordered under contract was delivered to the Defense Ministry on 27 September 2011. During the roll-out ceremony of the last production F-2 fighter jet, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries confirmed that production of the F-2 would end and no more F-2 fighters will be produced by the manufacturer. General Electric, Kawasaki, Honeywell, Raytheon, NEC, Hazeltine, and Kokusai Electric were among the primary component sub-contractors. Larger wings give an aircraft better payload and maneuverability in proportion to its thrust, but also tend to add weight to the airframe in various ways. More weight can have negative effects on acceleration, climbing, payload, and range. To make the larger wings lighter the skin, spars, ribs and cap of the wings were made from graphite-epoxy composite and co-cured in an autoclave.
This was the first application of co-cured technology to a production tactical fighter. The F-2 has three display screens, including a liquid crystal display from Yokogawa. On 7 February 2013, two Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 fighters briefly entered Japanese airspace off Rishiri Island near Hokkaido, flying south over the Sea of Japan before turning back to the north. Japanese airspace near the major southern island of Kyushu for less than 2 minutes.