Japan Air Self-Defence Force's F-15 fighter jets fly over the USS Carl Vinson during a Japan-US joint training exercise in the Sea of Japan. Photo: AP Japan Air Self-Defence Force's F-15 fighter jets fly over the USS Carl Vinson during a Japan-US joint training exercise in the Sea of Japan. Photo: AP
Japan Air Self-Defence Force's F-15 fighter jets fly over the USS Carl Vinson during a Japan-US joint training exercise in the Sea of Japan. Photo: AP
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East China Sea: Japan’s plan to counter Beijing in Diaoyus with jetfighter upgrades hits money snag

  • With Chinese government ships continuing to encroach on disputed islands, retrofitting of F-15s with cruise missiles takes on new urgency
  • But analysts say the programme will miss the operational target date of 2027 because of funding shortfalls and indecisiveness over weaponry choices

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Japan Air Self-Defence Force's F-15 fighter jets fly over the USS Carl Vinson during a Japan-US joint training exercise in the Sea of Japan. Photo: AP Japan Air Self-Defence Force's F-15 fighter jets fly over the USS Carl Vinson during a Japan-US joint training exercise in the Sea of Japan. Photo: AP
Japan Air Self-Defence Force's F-15 fighter jets fly over the USS Carl Vinson during a Japan-US joint training exercise in the Sea of Japan. Photo: AP
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