Japan is a potential aviation power, and military aircraft manufacturing technology used to be far ahead of any Asian countries.
Although the reputation of Japan Airlines is not obvious today, if you pull the lens of the era to 20 years ago and look at the military aircraft produced in Japan, you will have an impression of the strength of Japanese Aviation.
At that time, the United States provided Japan with a lot of military assistance in order to support Japan against the Soviet Union. At that time, Japan introduced the F15 production line from the United States in 1983, which was assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and about 200 F15s were produced before and after. The single-seat model is F15J, and the two-seat model is F15DJ.
The Mitsubishi F-15J fighter jet introduced in 1981 alone was ahead of any Asian active fighter aircraft at that time. China introduced the Su-27 in the 1990s and then started to assemble the J-11 by itself. It can be said that Japan’s main fighter aircraft at that time was better than the Chinese latest Su-27 not only in quantity but also in quality which was acquired in 1990 from USSR.
In addition to this, Japan has also introduced a batch of F-16s. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries also came up with its own version of the F-16, F2 fighter. Mitsubishi F-2 was the forst fighter in the world to be equipped with AESA radar, F-2 has a 25% larger wing area than US F-16, Equipments and OFP related to the avionics system differ from the F-16 in many aspects, F-2 used composite materials to reduce overall weight and radar signature. However this massive upgradation affect the price of the F-2 the price is much more expensive than the regular F-16, with an estimated cost of over $120 million each but Japan achieved localization.