Yes , maybe. But where's the end product? Apart for this F16 modification. I know some of you call this new plane. But what ever. Other nations have produced their own plane with that amount of money thrown in. Thinking of India, Korea, even Taiwan.The F-2 program was a necessary step in the learning curve and the entry price to pay for Japan to become a serious player in fighter jet development. Among all the aspirants like India, Turkey, S. Korea etc., Japan has the greatest chance of success because of her F-2 program.