JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.101 July 2018

ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES

P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft featured in the ILA Berlin Air Show

P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft featured in the ILA Berlin Air Show

Two P-1 fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft took part in the Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA) Berlin Air Show 2018 from April 25th to 29th.

The P-1s, developed in Japan, were exhibited on the ground and in flight. The Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) set up a booth at the show featuring exhibitry panels outlining its policies for equipment and other areas, as well as projectry videos introducing the P-1s. The show was an opportunity for the ATLA to promote Japan’s defense equipment, aircraft and its technologies to other countries. During Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Fukuda’s visit to Germany from April 28th to May 1st, he attended ILA 2018, observing P-1s displayed on the ground and its demonstration flight. Introducing Japan’s defense equipment policies and advanced technologies at international exhibitions or airshows would contribute to deepening understanding by foreign government officials with regard to Japan’s defense equipment and technology policies and promoting defense equipment and technology cooperation.

Status of Counter-piracy Operation off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Fourth Quarter of FY2017

Status of Counter-piracy Operation off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Fourth Quarter of FY2017

Following data shows the records of the status of counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden from January through March, 2018.

Surveillance Activities of P-3C Patrol Aircraft Record of Mission (January through March, 2018)

1. Number of flights: 58 flights (Accumulated Total (AT): 2,009 flights)
2. Flight hours: Approx. 420 hours (AT: Approx. 15,330 hours)
3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 4,700 ships (AT: Approx. 166,700 ships)
4. Number of times of information sharing to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 140 times (AT: Approx. 13,300 times)

Escort Operations Performed by the Destroyer’s Unit Record of Mission (January through March, 2018)

1. Number of escort operations: 6 times (The 772th ? 777th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
2. Number of escorted vessels: 6 vessels (AT 3,832 of escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
[Breakdown]
Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 18)
Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 1 (AT: 678)
Foreign ships other than above: 5 (AT: 3,136)
*The above record does not include the 1st - 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities.

Zone Defense performed Record of Mission (January through March, 2018)

1. Number of days: 70 (AT: 1,217 days)
2. Number of commercial vessels confirmed: Approx. 1,840 (AT: 16,880 vessels)

The JGSDF Participates in FY2018 Field Training Exercise with U.S. and Australian Armies

The JGSDF Participates in FY2018 Field Training Exercise with U.S. and Australian Armies

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) successfully conducted the joint training with the U.S. and Australian armed forces at Townsville Field Training Area in Queensland, Australia from May 7th to June 8th. It was the 6th time for the JGSDF to join the training, through which they improved the tactical skills, deepened trilateral technical exchanges and developed trilateral cooperation for joint operations.

Status of Scrambles in FY2017

Status of Scrambles in FY2017

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter jets scrambled 904 times in FY2017 in total, a decrease of 264 times compared to the previous fiscal year. The breakdown of scrambles by countries and regions was about 55% against Chinese aircraft, about 43% against Russian aircraft, and about 2% against other aircraft although the countries and regions include supposition.

Characteristics of Responses in FY2017

The JASDF fighter jets scrambled 500 times against Chinese aircraft, a decrease of 351 times compared to the previous fiscal year. In FY2017, the MOD made public 21 cases as unusual flights including H-6 bombers flying northeast over the Pacific until the Kii Peninsula, which marked 11 cases more than the previous fiscal year. Among them, 18 cases were flights over waters between Okinawa Island and Miyako Island, which was the largest-ever number recorded since such flights over the same route were first confirmed in 2013.

The JASDF scrambled 390 times against Russian aircraft in total, an increase of 89 times compared to the previous fiscal year. In FY2017, the MOD made public 14 cases as unusual flights included the long-range flight of TU-95 bombers in the vicinity of the territorial airspace over Japan, which marked 5 cases more than the previous fiscal year.

Scrambles included cases against fighter jets, bombers, patrol helicopters, and intelligence gathering aircraft of China and Russia, although they included presumptions. A large number of scrambles were conducted against Chinese fighter jets and Russian bombers.

The period of this data is from April 1st, 2017, to March 31st, 2018.

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