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Mitsubishi F-2

Lightweight Multirole Fighter

The Proven F-16 with a Japanese Focus.

The F-2 is a direct offshoot of the proven American F-16 'Fighting Falcon' design developed to suit a Japanese requirement for a multirole performer. Nearly 100 of the type were produced in both single- and twin-seat forms and the series continues to see service today. MHI is responsible for 60% of manufacturing with the remainder handled by Lockheed Martin. Production spanned from 1995 to 2011.
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Mission Roles

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Inherent Lethality

The F-2 retains all of the excellent qualities of the nimble F-16 'Fighting Falcon' including its weapons support, performance specifications, and versatility. The F-16 remains one of the most popular military fighters in the world despite its Cold War-era heritage.

Unfettered Vision

The clearview canopy provides unfettered views all about the aircraft - a critical quality for any fighter to have - and enhances situational awareness fro the pilot while, in turn, increasing general survivability in a war zone.

Ready, Willing, and Able

The F-16 platform has proven itself through decades of service, meaning that the F-2 pedigree is one of the best of the available fighters in the world today. The F-2 itself is closing in on a 20 year service life.

Inherent Adaptability

The twin-seat version of the F-2 allows for proper training of up-and-coming airmen of the JASDF, adding a second cockpit for an instructor while preserving the original forward seat for the student. In this fashion, the student gains full access to the platform without compromise.


Active, In-Service (23 yrs)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) - South Korea / Lockheed Martin - USA
98 Units
1 Total

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Japan (Modern)

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
F-2A: 1 x General Electric F110-IHI-129 afterburning turbofan engine developing 17,000lb of thrust dry and 29,500lb of thrust with reheat.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
1,320 mph | 2,124 kph | 1,147 kts
Service Ceiling
49,213 ft | 15,000 m | 9.32 miles
Operational Range
2,610 miles | 4,200 km | 2,268 nm
59,000 ft/min | 17,983 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the F-2A production model)
50.92 feet (15.52 meters)
36.52 feet (11.13 meters)
16.08 feet (4.90 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the F-2A production model)
21,010 lb (9,530 kg)
48,722 lb (22,100 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the F-2A production model)
Ordnance and special-mission equipment mounted at 3 x Fuselage hardpoints (1 x Center; 2 x Side), 6 x Underwing hardpoints (3 per wing), and 2 x Wingtip hardpoints (1 per wing). Supported Types:

Close-in Cannon graphic Close-in Gun(s)
Air-to-Air Missile graphic Air-to-Air Missiles
Air-to-Surface Missile graphic Air-to-Surface Missiles
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Conventional Drop Bomb graphic Conventional Drop Bombs
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
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F-2 - Base Series Designation.
XF-2A - Single-seat flyable prototype.
XF-2B - Twin-seat flyable prototype.
F-2A - Single-seat production version; fighter form.
F-2B - Twin-seat production version; trainer form.

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