JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.91

  ACTIVITIES

Status of Scrambles during the First Quarter of FY2017

Status of Scrambles during the First Quarter of FY2017

JASDF fighter jets scrambled 229 times during the first quarter of FY2017, a decrease of 52 times compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year. The breakdown of scrambles by country and region was about 44% against Chinese aircraft, about 55% against Russian aircraft, and about 1% against aircraft from other countries and regions. Countries and regions also include inferences.

Characteristics of Responses during the First Quarter of FY2017

JASDF fighter jets scrambled 101 times against Chinese aircraft, a decrease of 98 times compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year. JASDF fighter jets scrambled 125 times against Russian aircraft, an increase of 47 times compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year.

During the first quarter of FY2017, 12 cases, including the case of airspace intrusion by Chinese drone-like object around the Senkaku Islands of Japan were made public as unusual flights.

A large number of scrambles were conducted against Chinese fighter jets and Russian reconnaissance aircraft, including presumptions.

The data above was collected between April 1st, 2017, and June 30th, 2017.

Status of Scrambles during the First Quarter of FY2017

Joint Training Exercise with the U.S. Air Force

Joint Training Exercise with the U.S. Air Force

From June 9th to 24th, the JASDF participated in a joint training exercise “RED FLAG-Alaska” conducted by the U.S. Air Force.

The exercise was conducted in and around Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the state of Alaska in the United States. The goal of the training is to improve the tactical skills of units and joint Japan-U.S. response capabilities through joint exercises.

Approx. 300 personnel from the JASDF’s 2nd Air Wing, Airborne Early Warning Group, and 1st Tactical Airlift Group participated. These units mainly took part in air defense fighting drills, aerial refueling training, and tactical airlifting training.

Joint Training Exercise with the U.S. Air Force
Joint Training Exercise with the U.S. Air Force
Joint Training Exercise with the U.S. Air Force

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

Status of Counter-Piracy Operation off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First 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 April through June, 2017.

Surveillance Activities of P-3C Patrol Aircraft
Record of Mission (April through June, 2017)

1. Number of flights: 62 flights (Accumulated Total(AT): 1,830 flights)

2. Flight hours: Approx. 470 hours (AT: Approx. 14,040 hours)

3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 5,100 ships (AT: Approx. 151,900 ships)

4. Number of times of information sharing to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 150 times (AT: Approx. 12,770 times)

Escort Operations Performed by the Destroyer’s Unit
Record of Mission (April through June, 2017)

1. Number of escort operations: 14 times (The 741th – 754th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)

2. Number of escorted vessels: 25 vessels (AT 3,799 of escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)

[Breakdown]

・Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 17 )

・Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 2 (AT: 673)

・Foreign ships other than above: 23 (AT: 3,109)

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

Zone Defense Performed
Record of Mission (April through June, 2017)

1. Number of days: 65 (AT: 1,009days)

2. Number of commercial vessels confirmed: Approx. 530 (AT: 14,290 vessels)

Rescue Operation for a Wrecked Ship

DD Teruzuki, which was conducting its zone defense in the Gulf of Aden, rescued a wrecked ship on June 21st. The ship had drifted for seven days due to an engine trouble. DD Teruzuki cooperated with the Combined Task Force 151(CTF 151) head quarters under the commander Fukuda, and DD Teruzuki provided water and meal for the passengers and towed the ship. On June 22nd, DD Teruzuki delivered the ship to Somali side at the sea area around the Port Berbera.

Establishment of the Southwestern Air Defense Force

Establishment of the Southwestern Air Defense Force

On July 1st, the JASDF established the Southwestern Air Defense Force and set up the Southwestern Aircraft Control and Warning Wing as an assigned organization.

With its command based at Naha Air Base, the Southwestern Air Defense Force consists of a fighter wing, radar control and warning unit, and ground-to-air missile unit and other units. It was newly established from its predecessor, the Southwestern Composite Air Division, marking the first realignment since 1973 (in 45 years), with the mission of reinforcing the air defense posture of the JASDF in the southwestern region, given the increasingly severe security environment facing Japan.

The Southwestern Air Defense Force is responsible for air defense, including addressing the potential for aerial invasions as a lynchpin force covering the southwestern region of Japan, as well as carrying out search and rescue activities around the Okinawa area.

Trilateral Training Exercise Involving Japan, the United States and India (Malabar 2017)

Trilateral Training Exercise Involving Japan, the United States and India (Malabar 2017)
Trilateral Training Exercise Involving Japan, the United States and India (Malabar 2017)

From July 10th to 17th, the JMSDF took part in Malabar 2017, a trilateral maritime exercise involving Japan, the United States and India.

The goal of JMSDF participation in this exercise is to improve its tactical skills and promote greater cooperation with the U.S. and Indian Navies.

Approx. 700 personnel from the JMSDF as well as JS Izumo and JS Sazanami participated in anti-submarine, anti-ship, and anti-aircraft training.

Trilateral Training Exercise Involving Japan, the United States and India (Malabar 2017)
Trilateral Training Exercise Involving Japan, the United States and India (Malabar 2017)

P-1 Participates in the Paris Air Show

P-1 Participates in the Paris Air Show

From June 17th to 20th, JMSDF’s P-1 maritime patrol aircraft participated in the Paris Air Show sponsored by the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS). This marks the first time ever that a JSDF aircraft has taken part in static display in the Paris Air Show.

The Paris Air Show is one of the world’s biggest air shows, attracting attendance of governments and military officials from Europe and other areas of the world. State Minister Wakamiya, Commissioner Watanabe of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) and other officials attended from the MOD and met with President Macron of France and Defence Minister Pinotti of Italy, introducing to them the aircraft which is the symbol of Japan’s defense capabilities and defense industrial technology.

In order to promote defense equipment and technology cooperation as well as deliver information on Japanese high-quality defense industrial technology to the world, the ATLA will continue its participation in future air shows overseas.

P-1 Participates in the Paris Air Show
P-1 Participates in the Paris Air Show

Special Transport Aircraft
- Japanese Air Force One -

Special Transport Aircraft - Japanese Air Force One -

Let’s take a look at Japanese Air Force One, which is a Boeing 747-400 known by the nickname “jumbo jet.”

Japanese Air Force One is primarily used to transport the Prime Minister and other dignitaries, and is also used to transport Japanese nationals living overseas during emergency situations, if the need arises.

In FY2019, the Government plans to replace the existing Japanese Air Force One with a Boeing 777 aircraft.

  • ▷Category: Special transport aircraft
  • ▷Crew: 20 to 25
  • ▷Wingspan: 64.9 m
  • ▷Length: 70.7 m
  • ▷Height: 19.06 m
  • ▷Engine: CF6-80C2
  • ▷Number of engines: 4
  • ▷Maximum speed: Mach 0.92
  • ▷Range: Approx. 13,000 km