Mitsubishi F-1

1st Flight 1975

The Mitsubishi F-1 is a Japanese swept-wing, single-seat, twin-engine supersonic strike aircraft that was in service with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) from 1978 to 2006.

It was Japan’s first domestically designed and built supersonic combat aircraft, jointly developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries.

It is essentially a T-2 trainer airframe modified for a dedicated anti-ship and ground attack role.

Variants

FS-T2-Kai – The first two prototypes.

F-1 – Single-seat close air support, ground-attack and anti-ship fighter aircraft.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 17.86 m (58 ft 7 in)

Wingspan: 7.88 m (25 ft 10 in)

Height: 4.48 m (14 ft 8 in)

Wing area: 21.2 m2 (228 sq ft)

Empty weight: 6,358 kg (14,017 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 13,674 kg (30,146 lb)

Power plant: 2 × Ishikawa-Harima TF40-801A afterburning turbofan engines, 22.8 kN (5,100 lbf) thrust each dry, 35.6 kN (8,000 lbf) with afterburner

Performance

Maximum speed: 1,700 km/h (1,100 mph, 920 kn) at 11,000 m (36,089 ft) (clean)

Combat range: 556 km (345 mi, 300 nmi) High-Low-High profile with two ASM-1 missiles and one 830 l (220 US gal; 180 imp gal) drop tank

Ferry range: 2,870 km (1,780 mi, 1,550 nmi) (max external fuel)

Service ceiling: 15,240 m (50,000 ft)

Time to altitude: 11,000 m (36,089 ft) in 2.0 minutes

Wing loading: 645 kg /m2 (132 lb/sq ft)

Armament

Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) JM61A1 Vulcan 6-barreled Gatling cannon

Hard points: One centerline, four under wing and two wingtip missile rails

Bombs: Various bombs, air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and rocket pods on four under wing, two wing tip, and one under fuselage pylon.

Weapons carried include AIM-9 Sidewinder, Mitsubishi AAM-1, Mitsubishi Type 80 Air-to-Ship Missile/Type 93 Air-to-Ship Missile anti-ship missiles, JLAU-3A 70 mm rocket pods, RL-7 70 mm rockets, RL-4 125 mm rockets, Mk-82 500 lb and M117 750 lb bombs, and GCS-1, IR-guided versions of the Mk-82 and M117.

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