Defense Ability of JASDF
Systems to handle new threats, such as ballistic missiles,guerrilla warfare, and special assault teams, have been prepared.
JASDF constantly monitors Japan and its surrounding airspace, by national radar sites, airborne early-warning aircraft (E-2C), and airborne warning air control aircraft (E-767), for around-the-clock preparedness. When an aircraft is detected which may intrude into Japan airspace, fighters scramble to approach the aircraft, assess the situation, and take any needed action. If there is an incursion into Japan airspace, a warning to leave the airspace is issued.
Response to New Threats
In the event of an incoming ballistic missile, the Aegis ship of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces, radar by JASDF, Patriots (Surface-to-Air Guided Missiles), and the command and communication systems work in an integrated manner to destroy it. In the event of an armed attack by guerrillas or a special assault team, quick detection by aircraft and interception over the ocean is attempted.
12 air fleets and 260 fighters are maintained and, aerial refueling and transport troops have been newly established.
Fighters can be called the central core of air defense. JASDF fighter troops are comprised of 12 air fleets and about 260 fighters in order to quickly respond to various situations. For the immediate and appropriate measures during an airspace incursion, etc., 7 new fighters will replace the F-4 as part of the new-mid-term defense plan, while considering the financial conditions. Also, since Japan is geographically made up of many islands, in order to appropriately handle an invasion to these islands, transport aircraft (C-X) will replace C-1 aircraft, rescue helicopter and C-130H transport aircraft will be equipped with aerial fuel-receiving and refueling functions, and the aerial refueling and transport troops will be newly established with the deployment of aerial refueling and transport aircraft (KC-767).