Boeing secures $471m contract to upgrade Japan’s F-15 fleet

Under the contract, 70 fighters will receive extensive upgrades as part of Japan’s Super Interceptor programme.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced a contract to Boeing for the development of new systems for Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) F-15 Eagle Super Interceptors fleet.

The contract is valued at up to $471m.

DoD said in a press statement: “The contract action provides for the design and development of an integrated suite of aircraft systems to support modification of the Japan Air Self Defense Force F-15MJ aircraft and the development, test, and delivery of four Weapon System Trainers.”

The contract will see 70 fighters receive extensive upgrades under Japan’s Super Interceptor programme.

Initially, Japan intended to upgrade 98 airframes under the programme. However, the plan was dropped to save costs and also to integrate AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM) with the upgraded F-15.