The F-2 is a close support fighter jet owned by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).
F2 achieves a better maneuvering capability, with the introduction of an integral structure using a composite material and maximizing the wingspan. Also, with the use of various high-tech materials and structural technology, we have succeeded in making the wings lighter. In avionics, the newest technological domestically oriented equipment has been installed, such as integrated electronic warfare system, and an on-board computer. Also, the Control Configured Vehicle (CCV) and stealth characteristics are improved, using radio wave absorption materials, and equipping the engine with more thrust to increase capability in take-offs and landings.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. is the primary contractor, and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., and SUBARU Corporation (former Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.) serve as subcontractors.
|November 1988||Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the US and Japan regarding the development of the F-2 fighter aircraft|
|March 1990||Support fighter design team formed|
|June 1992||Completion of actual scale model|
|October 1995||The first flight of the F-2 prototype aircraft|
|March 1996||The delivery of the first prototype aircraft|
|July 1996||Signing of a MoU between the US and Japan regarding the production of the F-2|
|September 2000||The first production fighter aircraft delivered|
March 1996: The delivery of the first prototype aircraft.