Mitsubishi F-2

 

1st Flight 1995

The Mitsubishi F-2 is a multirole fighter derived from the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, and manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, with a 60/40 split in manufacturing between Japan and the United States.

The basis of the F-2’s design is the F-16 Agile Falcon, an unsuccessful offer by General Dynamics to provide a low-cost alternative for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition.

Production started in 1996 and the first aircraft entered service in 2000.

The first 76 aircraft entered service by 2008, with a total of 98 airframes produced.

The first active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on a combat aircraft was the J/APG-1 introduced on the Mitsubishi F-2 in 1995.

Variants

XF-2A: Single-seat prototypes.

XF-2B: Two-seat prototypes.

F-2A: Single-seat fighter version.

F-2B: Two-seat training version.

Specifications

Crew: 1 (F-2B: 2)

Length: 15.52 m (50 ft 11 in)

Wingspan: 11.125 m (36 ft 6 in) over missile launchers

10.8 m (35 ft) without missile launchers

Wing area: 34.84 m2 (375.0 sq ft)

Aspect ratio: 3.3

Empty weight: 9,527 kg (21,003 lb)

F-2B: 9,633 kg (21,237 lb)

Gross weight: 13,459 kg (29,672 lb) clean

Max takeoff weight: 22,100 kg (48,722 lb)

Maximum landing weight: 18,300 kg (40,300 lb)

Fuel capacity: 4,637 l (1,225 US gal; 1,020 imp gal) maximum internal fuel 4,588 l (1,212 US gal; 1,009 imp gal) usable

F-2B 3,948 l (1,043 US gal; 868 imp gal) maximum internal fuel 3,903 l (1,031 US gal; 859 imp gal) usable

External Fuel capacity: 5,678 l (1,500 US gal; 1,249 imp gal) maximum – (1x 1,135.5 l (300.0 US gal; 249.8 imp gal) + 2x 2,271.25 l (600.00 US gal; 499.61 imp gal) drop-tanks)

Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F110-IHI-129 afterburning turbofan, 76 kN (17,000 lbf) thrust dry, 131 kN (29,500 lbf) with afterburner

Performance

Maximum speed: 2,124 km/h (1,320 mph, 1,147 kn)

Maximum speed: Mach 1.7 at high altitude, Mach 1.1 at low altitude

Combat range: 833 km (518 mi, 450 nmi) +

Service ceiling: 18,000 m (59,000 ft)

Wing loading: 634.3 kg/m2 (129.9 lb/sq ft) maximum

Thrust/weight: 0.994

Armament

20 mm JM61A1 cannon, plus maximum weapon load of 8,085 kg:

Rocket pod JLAU-3/A

AAMs:Mitsubishi AAM-3, Mitsubishi AAM-4, Mitsubishi AAM-5, AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-7 Sparrow

air-to-ground weapons include: ASM-1 and ASM-2 anti-ship missiles, various free-fall bombs with GCS-1 IIR seeker heads, JDAM

others: J/AAQ-2 FLIR, AN/AAQ-33

Avionics

Mitsubishi active electronically scanned array radar system J/APG-2

BAE combined interrogator/transponder AN/APX-113(V)

Raytheon Technologies AN/ARC-164 Have Quick UHF transceiver

NEC V/UHF transceiver J/ARC-701

Tokyo Radio Systems/BAE Systems AIFF

Hitachi Kokuai Electric HF radio J/ARC-26

Hitachi data link J/ASW-20

Japan Aviation Electronics/Honeywell digital AFCS

Japan Aviation Electronics ring laser Inertial Reference System

Toshiba VOR/ILS

Rockwell Collins TACAN

Shimadzu wide-angle holographic Heads-Up Display

Yokogawa LCD displays

Mitsubishi Electric Mission computer

Mitsubishi Electric MDS mission planning system

Toshiba digital map display

Mitsubishi Electric integrated Electronic Warfare system J/ASQ-2.

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