JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.61
ACTIVITIES

Status of Scrambles by the End of the Third Quarter of FY2014

Status of Scrambles by the End of the Third Quarter of FY2014

The ASDF scrambled 744 times by the end of the third quarter of FY2014. It marked a major increase of 181 times compared to the same period of previous year.

The breakdown by countries and regions was 50% against Chinese aircraft, 49% against Russian aircraft, and 1% against other aircraft although the countries and region include supposition.

Characteristics of Responses by the end of the Third Quarter of FY2014

The ASDF scrambled 371 times against Chinese aircraft, an increase of 84 times compared to the same period of previous year. The MOD made 13 cases public as peculiar flights of Chinese aircraft, including the long distance flight from the East China Sea to the Pacific during the third quarter.

The ASDF scrambled 369 times against Russian aircraft, an increase of 58 times compared to the same period of previous year. The MOD publicized 2 cases as peculiar flights by Russia during the third quarter.

There was no air intrusion during the period. Scrambles against Chinese fighter aircraft and Russian reconnaissance 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, 2014 to December 31st, 2014.

Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Third Quarter of FY 2014

Following data shows the records of the measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden from October through December, 2014.

Aerial Activities of P-3C Patrol Aircraft off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Record of Mission (October through December, 2014)

  1. Number of flights: 54 flights (Accumulated Total (AT): 1,248 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approx. 400 hours (AT: Approx. 9,640 hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 4,900 ships (AT: Approx. 102,200 ships)
  4. Number of times of information sharing to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 330 times (AT: Approx. 10,300 times)

Escort Operations Performed by MSDF Units in the Same Area

Record of Mission (October through December, 2014)

  1. Number of escort operations: 19 times (The 601th - 619th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 58 vessels (AT 3,493 of escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)

[Breakdown]

  • Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 15)
  • Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 10 (AT: 642)
  • Foreign ships other than above: 48 (AT: 2,836)

*The above record does not include the 1st - 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities.

Zone Defense performed in the same area

Record of Mission (October through December, 2014)

  1. Number of days: 74 (AT: 280 days)
  2. Number of commercial vessels confirmed: Approx. 1,140 (AT: 7,980 vessels)
Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Third Quarter of FY 2014
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