F-4EJ Phantom II

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F-4EJ Phantom II
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F-4EJ Phantom II
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Description

The F-4EJ Phantom II is a rank VII Japanese jet fighter with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 12 192 m2 340 km/h
Turn time26 s
Max altitude16 000 m
Engine2 х General Electric J79-GE-17
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight24 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 12,192 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,255 2,221 16000 26.5 27.4 141.6 131.6 850
Upgraded 2,419 2,340 25.6 26.0 204.3 172.0
F-4EJ Phantom II taking off

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1458 463 N/A 580 463 ~11 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 810 < 750 < 700 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
General Electric J79-GE-17 2 13,965 kg 403 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 9m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel
1,750 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 15,724 kg 17,787 kg 19,829 kg 24,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 9m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel MTOW
Stationary 5,200 kgf 8,008 kgf 1.02 0.90 0.81 0.67
Optimal 5,200 kgf
(0 km/h)
10,170 kgf
(1,400 km/h)
1.29 1.14 1.03 0.85

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural1 458 km/h
Gear463 km/h
  • 8.5 mm of Steel below the cockpit.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 300 → 3 498 Sl icon.png
RB7 300 → 11 103 Sl icon.png
SB41 310 → 62 832 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications292 200 Rp icon.png
455 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training260 000 Sl icon.png
Experts930 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
80 / 240 / 360 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
580 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
580 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
JM61A1_belt_pack
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9E
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
JLAU-3/A
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9P
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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JM61A1_new_gun
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
JM117
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air midrange missile.png
AIM-7D
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Gun pod SUU-23/A.
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
580 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
LAU-10/A
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
580 Ge icon.png
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AIM-7E
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
580 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Ammunition640 rounds
Fire rate6 000 shots/min
Main article: JM61A1 (20 mm)

The F-4EJ Phantom II is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm JM61A1 cannon, chin-mounted (640 rpg)

Due to this cannon's high rate of fire (only 6.60 seconds of continuous fire), trigger discipline is a must.

Suspended armament

Number of setups32
List of setups
Setup 12 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 23 x 20 mm JM61A1 cannon
(ammunition: 3 600 rounds)
Setup 324 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 416 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 5285 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 660 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 74 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 84 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 918 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 1018 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 1110 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bomb
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 1210 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bomb
4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 134 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 144 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 154 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 164 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 174 x AIM-7D Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 184 x AIM-7D Sparrow air-to-air missiles
24 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 194 x AIM-7D Sparrow air-to-air missiles
16 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 204 x AIM-7D Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 214 x AIM-7D Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 224 x AIM-7D Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 234 x AIM-7D Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
10 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 244 x AIM-7D Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
10 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 254 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missiles
24 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 264 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missiles
16 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 274 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 284 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 294 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 304 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missiles
4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 314 x AIM-7E Sparrow air-to-air missiles
Maximum number of loops have been performed
Maximum number of loops have been performed

The F-4EJ Phantom II can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 3 x 20 mm JM61A1 cannons (1,200 rpg = 3,600 total)
  • 24 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 16 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 285 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 60 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles
  • 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles (9,000 lb total)
  • 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles (9,000 lb total)
  • 10 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles (7,500 lb total)
  • 10 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles (7,500 lb total)
  • 171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles
  • 36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-7D Sparrow missiles + 24 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7D Sparrow missiles + 16 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7D Sparrow missiles + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-7D Sparrow missiles + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-7D Sparrow missiles + 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles (9,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7D Sparrow missiles + 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles (9,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7D Sparrow missiles + 10 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles (7,500 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7D Sparrow missiles + 10 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles (7,500 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 24 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 16 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs (12,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles (9,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles (9,000 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 10 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs + 4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder missiles (7,500 lb total)
  • 4 x AIM-7E Sparrow missiles + 10 x 750 lb JM117 cone 45 bombs + 4 x AIM-9P Sidewinder missiles (7,500 lb total)

Usage in battles

The F-4EJ Phantom is well-suited for any in-game situation. For attacking ground targets, the plane is armed with an assortment of bombs and rockets, and against air targets, players may employ the vehicle's deadly air-to-air missiles and frontal cannon. If desired, three externally-mounted gun pods may be equipped, but note that these may not be useful in all situations. Although they will undoubtedly increase the vehicle's destructive capabilities, they also appreciably hinder flight performance. In many situations, one front-facing cannon is all that is required to dispatch an opponent aircraft. As for the missiles, the ones used by this plane are among the best in the game, comparable to the R-60 missiles equipped by the MiG-21MF (Germany) and the MiG-21SMT.

Thanks to its leading-edge flaps, the F-4EJ is more manoeuvrable than the F-4C Phantom II. Because of this, it can calmly deal with more intense dogfight situations than its predecessor. As with all top-tier fighter jets, extended turn fights should be avoided since they bleed much speed out of this heavy aircraft and leave the pilot defenceless against nearby vultures. Specifically, watch out for the J35D Draken, which will beat any of its contemporaries in an extended turn, and also keep an eye on nearby Mitsubishi T-2 pilots: although the T-2 doesn't do well in extended turns, it can pull a significant angle of attack in the first few moments of a turn fight. The F-4E Phantom II can also be considered a threat as it includes leading-edge slats not found on the F-4EJ.

It is advised to side climb up to at least 8000 meters before engaging the enemy to ensure a favourable position at the start of the battle.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fairly manoeuvrable thanks to leading-edge flaps, especially when low on fuel
  • AIM-9P air-to-air missiles are among the best in the game (export version of the AIM-9J)
  • Equipped with flares for evading enemy missiles
  • A wide range of suspended armaments, suitable for any play-style
  • Deadly frontal armament with high burst mass
  • Makes use of a ballistic computer for assisting in the aim of cannons, rockets, and bombs against ground targets

Cons:

  • Unlike the F-4E Phantom II, the F-4EJ does not have the Agile Eagle upgrade
  • Limited ammunition in the frontally-mounted cannon
  • Quite large and heavy compared to other fighters at its rank

History

F-4EJ "Samurai Phantom" was a jet fighter aircraft that saw service in the JASDF (Japanese Air Self Defense Force) from 1971 until 2020. At the end of 2020, the F-4EJ will be replaced by the F-35A Lightning II.

In 1968 Japan made it public that they would update their JASDF with the F-4 phantom. Being one of the only countries to acquire the permissions to build the plane in their own Factories, Japan started to develop the F-4EJ at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Due to post WW2 sanctions and restrictions, Japan was not allowed to equip any air-to-surface capabilities to the aircraft. As such, the F-4EJ would be made without the AN/AJB-7 bombing computer system.

McDonnell Douglas built the first 2, F-4EJ prototypes with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries building the remaining Phantoms. They did, however, import RF-4EJ from McDonnell Douglas over the 10-year span of production. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries would build the very last F-4 in the world, nicknamed "The Finale Phantom", on the 20th of May, 1981. It served with the 306th and 301st Tactical Fighter Squadrons. 127 EJ variant Phantoms were built.

The first squadron equipped with the new F-4EJ would be the 301st Hikotai, in August 1st 1972. In October 1973, the 301st would be deemed operational with the Phantom, having 14 Phantoms in their squadron. On October 30th 1978, five years after the squadron was equipped and trained in the Phantom: the 301st was designated as JASDF Quick Ready Alert force. In 1979 they would be the first F-4EJ to intercept another aircraft when a Soviet T-95 was deemed a threat on February 21st of that year. Ironically the same day of the intercept is when Japan launched the Hakucho X-ray satellite & Corsa-B.

In July of 1984, after the post-war sanctions were dropped, Japan put together plans to upgrade its F-4EJ Phantoms. In 1989 their F-4EJ Phantoms were updated starting with the 306th Hikotai. The new Phantoms were equipped with APG-66J pulse-Doppler radar, which allowed the Phantoms to carry out air-to-ground and Air-to-Ship capabilities while being lighter, smaller, and more efficient than the old radar. A new computer and heads up display was added to Phantom, allowing them to bring the Phantom into the 21st century. Additional upgrades to the pylons allowed the new Phantoms to be equipped with the F-15 fuel tanks, which could sustain more G forces than the current fuel tanks being used. And with the adoption of the Westinghouse AN/ALQ-131 countermeasures, it allowed the pilot to adapt and counter any threats on the modern battlefield quickly. These upgrades were desperately needed for the JASDF as their Mitsubishi F-1 and F-2 did not have the range needed to adequately defend their countries territory if war ever arose. 96 Phantoms were upgraded and designated as F-4EJ Kai (Kai means "Modified" in Japanese).

The F-4EJ Phantoms were equipped with 3 different colour schemes. Blue Camo, Green Camo, and Grey. 127 aircraft were built, with 8 squadrons adopting the plane. The F-4EJ was decommissioned in 2020 to adapt to the F-35A Lightning II.

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See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

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