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Japan Defense Focus No.116 Oct. 2019


F-15J/DJ Fighter

F-15J/DJ Fighter

In this edition, we will introduce the F-15J/DJ fighter, the mainstay of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).

The F-15J/DJ is a domestically-produced fighter plane that was produced under license from the 1970s to the 1990s, and it is the mainstay fighter plane of the JASDF as it boasts superior kinematic performance due to its high-thrust engines.

The F-15J/DJ is about 40 years old, but the scalability of the plane due to the good quality of the basic design allowed modernization of the radar and other electronic devices and on-board equipment, leading the F-15J/DJ to still stand as a fighter plane with top-class capabilities even today. Going forward, the F-15J/DJ will continue to carry out missions in the airspace around Japan.


  • ▷Crew: 1 or 2
  • ▷Width: 13.1m
  • ▷Length: 19.4m
  • ▷Height: 5.6m
  • ▷Number of engines: 2
  • ▷Name of engine: F100-PW-220E (IHI-220E)
  • ▷Engine thrust: approx. 8,600kg
  • ▷Type of engine: Turbofan engine with afterburner


  • ▷Maximum gross weight: approx. 25t
  • ▷Maximum speed: approx. Mach 2.5
  • ▷Service ceiling: approx. 19,000m
  • ▷Flight range: approx. 4,600km