F-1 No. 70-8207 of the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron with AIM-9Ls at Misawa Airport. Sept. 13th, 1992
The Mitsubishi F-1 is a twin engine strike aircraft that was used by the JASDF from 1976 to 2006. Based off the earlier Mitsubishi T-2, it was the first domestically designed supersonic combat aircraft to enter the service with the JASDF, where its primary roles included anti-ship attack and ground attack. It was powered by two Ishikawajima-Harima TF-40-IHI-801A afterburning engines, which is a license built version of the Turbomeca Adour Mk 801. Equipped with four underwing hardpoints, one fuselage hardpoint, and two wingtip missile rails, the F-1 could carry an array of fuel tanks, unguided and guided bombs, rockets, anti-ship missiles, air-to-air missiles, and other miscellaneous ordnance in addition to the internally mounted 20mm JM61A1 rotary cannon. In terms of internal equipment, the F-1 utilized the J/AWG-12 FCR, J/ASQ-1 FCS, J/ASN-1 INS, J/AWA-1 anti-ship missile control system, J/APN-44 radio altimeter, J/A24G-3 air data computer, and the J/APR-3 RWR system. In addition, the F-1 utilized the 97JP-1 Kai optical aiming system. The F-1 saw service in the 3rd, 6th, and 8th Tactical Fighter Squadrons.
- 500lb Mk 82
- 500lb GCS-1 Type I*
- 750lb JM117
- 750lb GCS-1 Type II*
- 70mm FFAR rocket (carried in J/LAU-3 or RL-7 rocket pods, 19 or 7 per pod, respectively)
- 127mm ASR rocket (carried in RL-4 rocket pods, 4 per pod)
- Type 80 Air-to-Ship Missile (ASM-1)
- CBU-87/B cluster bomb
- 220 gallon fuel tank
- AN/ALE-41K chaff pod*
- CBLS-200/A target practice pod
- SUU-21/A target practice pod
- A/A37U-15 target tow system with TDU-10/B towed aerial target
- JAQ-1 maritime surface target*
*Although not listed in J.T.O.1F-F1-34, photographic evidence points to the capability to carry noted ordnance
Pictures of Ordnance:
F-1 No. 90-8224 of the 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron carrying AIM-9Bs, rocket pods, bombs, and drop tanks at Iruma Airbase. Nov. 21st, 1979.
2 F-1s (No. 90-8229 and No. 30-8268) of the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron carrying AIM-9Ps and drop tanks at Tsuki Airbase. Jan. 27th, 1997.
F-1 No. 00-8248 of the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Ibaraki Airport shown equipped with 750lb JM117 bombs, ASM-1 anti-ship missiles, and 500lb Mk 82 bombs. In the foreground there are 2 RL-4 rocket pods. Nov. 24th, 1991.
F-1 No. 00-8250 of the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron shown with 500lb bombs, 70mm rockets, GCS-1 Type I (foreground, right), and GCS-1 Type II (foreground, left) at Misawa Airbase. Date unknown.
F-1 No. 00-8250 of the 8th Tactical Fighter Squadron shown with 127mm ASR rockets, ASM-1, bombs, and a CBU-87/B cluster bombs (foreground) at Misawa Airbase. Date unknown.
F-1 No. 00-8248 of the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron shown with AIM-9Ls and 220 gallon external fuel tanks with special livery of the 6th TFS at Ibaraki Airport. Nov. 24th, 1991.
F-1 No. 90-8233 of the 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron equipped with a CBLS-200A ground attack practice pod (inboard) and A/A37U-15 tow system with TDU-10B target (outboard) at Misawa Airbase. Aug. 10th, 1994.
F-1 No. 30-8269 equipped with JAQ-1 maritime surface target (inboard) and AN/ALE-41K chaff pod (outboard) at Misawa Airbase. Sept. 10th, 1995.