The Mitsubishi F-1 is the first fighter developed and manufactured by the Japan after the Second world war. Derived from the plane of drive Mitsubishi T-2, it is mainly intended for the attack anti-ship, with for secondary mission the attacks on the ground and of the capacities limited of Fighter plan. F-1 was built with 77 specimens, brought into service at the end of the years 1970 and replacement by the Mitsubishi F-2.
The development of F-1 was launched in 1973. It was a question of producing a version of single-seat combat of the plane of drive Mitsubishi T-2, intended mainly for the attack anti-ship using the anti-ship missile ASM-1 of Japanese manufacture. For that, the second cockpit was removed and the avionics necessary was installed: radar in the nose, central of inertial navigation, detector of alarm radar, etc
Two prototypes of T-2 were modified to obtain the prototypes of F-1, receiving designation FS-T2 Kai then. The first of them made its inaugural flight on June 3rd, 1975, follow-up two years later by first F-1 of series. The initial order was of 160 specimens, which was reduced to 77 for budgetary reasons. The plane entered in service in April 1978.
F-1 received a radar improved a few years later. In the middle of the years 1990, the plane was again modified to be able to fire new missile ASM-2 (more powerful than the ASM-1), and to prolong the lifespan of the cell. The replacement of F-1 by Mitsubishi F-2 started with the beginning of the year 2000.
- FS-T2 Kai : prototypes (2 Mitsubishi T-2 modified)
- Mitsubishi F-1 : version of series (77 specimens)
- Forces Japanese woman of Self-defense.
- Mitsubishi F-1 on Air Vectors
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