JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.56
ACTIVITIES

FIRE POWER 2014 IN FUJI

FIRE POWER 2014 IN FUJI
FIRE POWER 2014 IN FUJI

On August 24th, the annual Fuji Firepower Review was held in the Hataoka District of the East Fuji Maneuver Area located in Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The Head of the GSDF Fuji School, LTG Seichi Takeuchi, served as the officer in charge of the training; and the Head of the Fuji School Brigade, MG Yoji Yamanaka, served as the commanding officer of the training corps. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera; Chief of Joint Staff, Gen Shigeru Iwasaki; GSDF Chief of Staff, GEN Kiyofumi Iwata; MSDF Chief of Staff, ADM Katsutoshi Kawano; ASDF Chief of Staff, Gen Harukazu Saitoh; and officials from the U.S. forces made an inspection of the review. The scenario for this year’s exercise was to recapture an offshore island occupied by an enemy force, with the GSDF, MSDF, and ASDF demonstrating their joint operations capabilities in front of a crowd of approx. 29,000 onlookers.

FIRE POWER 2014 IN FUJI

The exercise consisted of two parts. In the first part, live shooting exercises were carried out as a way to introduce some of Japan’s mainstay defense equipment. In the beginning of the second part, a movie was shown on a large screen depicting the creation of a more resilient GSDF for building Dynamic Joint Defense Force, in order to introduce the future posture of the GSDF. Afterwards, under the theme of responding to an attack on an offshore island, the exercise was carried out in three stages: namely (1) troop deployment, (2) mobile deployment, and (3) recapture, based on the National Defense Program Guidelines approved by the Cabinet in December 2013 and the related Medium-Term Defense Program Guidelines.

Following the offshore island defense scenario, MSDF P-3C patrol aircraft and ASDF F-2 fighter jets took to the sky using multi-purpose missiles and artillery firepower to attack enemy vessels, carry out heliborne attacks, and perform reconnaissance activities against the landing enemies. The fighting by the main units deployed in the exercise included four Type-10 main battle tanks, which deliver superior mobility, firepower, defense capabilities, and networking abilities. The tanks showed off the world’s most advanced slalom firing while mutually sharing information. During the exercise, the units broadened military accomplishments and successfully fulfilled the mission parameters.

FIRE POWER 2014 IN FUJI

This year marks the 56th commencement of the annual Fuji Firepower Review since the first in 1961. It is the only live fire exercise by the GSDF open to the general public. Approx. 2,300 personnel from various units took part as well as 80 armored vehicles, 60 artilleries, 20 aircraft, and approx. 600 other types of vehicles. Some 44 tons of live munitions were used (costing approx. 350 million yen in total) for the exercise. The number of people wishing to view the Fuji Firepower Review has been increasing. This year, only one in 24 applicants won a ticket for the exercise in a lottery.

FIRE POWER 2014 IN FUJI
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