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Due to ballooning costs, Japan has decided not to include spending in the fiscal 2021 budget for upgrading F-15 fighter jets to carry long-range cruise missiles to defend its southwestern island chain, government sources said Friday.

The decision not to appropriate the initially requested ¥21.3 billion for the year is sure to delay the planned completion in fiscal 2027 of upgrading 20 of the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-15 aircraft.

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