Sunday, October 3, 2010

Japan to Cancel Contract to Upgrade F-15J Fighter Jet with Reconnaissance Functions

The Defense Ministry said Friday it has decided not to allow Toshiba Corp. to delay the delivery of an F-15 fighter after adding reconnaissance functions.Negotiations are under way to cancel the contract, the ministry said.Under a package of contracts signed in fiscal 2007 and 2008 in the total amount of 10 billion yen, Toshiba is required to deliver the fighter between September and October after adding optical and infrared cameras and other reconnaissance devices to its bottom part.Failing to procure necessary parts from abroad, however, Toshiba asked the ministry for permission to delay the delivery until spring 2012.

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