JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.53
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Japan, the United States and Australia Conduct Joint Training in Australia -Southern Jackaroo 2014-

Japan, the United States and Australia Conduct Joint Training in Australia -Southern Jackaroo 2014-

From May 17th to 28th, the GSDF took part in Southern Jackaroo 2014, a combined army exercise held in Australia involving Japan and the United States. Hosted by the Australian Army, this exercise enabled personnel and units to improve the tactical combat skills as well as foster closer relationships between the GSDF, U.S. Army, and Australian Army.

Status of Scrambles in FY2013

The ASDF scrambled 810 times in FY2013 in total, which marked a major increase of 243 times compared to the previous year. For the first time in 24 years since 1990, the annual number of scrambles exceeded 800 times. It is the 9th largest number since the ASDF started taking antiintrusion measures in 1958.

The breakdown by countries and regions was 51% against Chinese aircraft, 44% against Russian aircraft, and 5% against North Korean and other aircraft, although countries and regions also include supposition.

Characteristics of Responses in FY2013

Hoist Operation of a JS Akebono-based Helicopter to Indonesian Vessel

The ASDF scrambled against Chinese aircraft 415 times in FY2013, an increase of 109 times compared to the previous year. In FY2013, 21 cases of scrambles, including 7 during the fourth quarter, were made public as a remarkable case. Although they did not violate the airspace, the expansion of the area of activities was observed as evident in the case of flights Y-8, H-6, and TU-154 aircraft.

The ASDF scrambled against Russian aircraft 359 times in FY2013, an increase of 111 times compared to the previous year. In FY2013, 31 cases of scrambles, including 11 during the fourth quarter, and the case where TU-95 intruded the air space over Okinoshima-island, Fukuoka prefecture on 22nd August, were made public as a peculiar case.

On 9th September, the MOD publicized what presumed to be an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle for the first time.

Scrambles against Russian patrol aircraft and Chinese fighter aircraft were outstanding in frequency compared to other types of aircraft of each country, although this includes estimation.

The period of this data is from April 1st, 2013 to March 31st, 2014.

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