Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has recently received a contract worth approximately $160 million from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to manufacture components for eight additional F-2 production aircraft.
MHI is the prime contractor for Japan’s new F-2 support fighter, which is currently operational in Japan. Lockheed Martin already is producing components for the first 57 F-2 aircraft initiated under six previous annual contracts.
This seventh contract brings the total number of aircraft on order to 65, and Lockheed Martin will continue to provide all the aft fuselages, wing leading-edge flaps and stores management systems; 80 percent of all left-hand wing boxes; and other avionics and avionics support equipment.
Lockheed Martin’s components will be shipped to MHI’s Komaki-South facility in Nagoya, Japan, where they will be assembled by MHI with other components to form the F-2.
Japan originally selected the F-16 as the basis for the design of its new support fighter in 1987. In mid-2000, the Japan Defence Agency’s Technical Research and Development Institute completed extensive flight tests in Japan of four prototype aircraft designated XF-2.
MHI delivered the first production aircraft to the Japan Defence Agency in September 2000. By the end of March 2003, 36 F-2s were delivered to the JDA.