JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.98

ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES

Cope North Guam
- Trilateral Joint Exercise in Guam -

Cope North Guam - Trilateral Joint Exercise in Guam -

From February 4th to March 11th, the JASDF took part in a trilateral joint exercise Cope North Guam with the U.S. Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The exercise was intended to improve Japan-U.S. bilateral response capabilities and the tactical skills of the JASDF as well as to deepen defense cooperation with Australia and to strengthen mutual collaboration as allies of the U.S.

During Cope North Guam, from February 11th to March 1st, trilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) joint training was conducted to enhance the interoperability among the U.S., Australian and Japanese air forces in the area.

The MOD/JSDF (the Japan Self-Defense Forces) invited ASEAN member countries to observe trilateral HA/DR joint training for the first time under the Vientiane Vision, a guideline for Japan-ASEAN defense cooperation, with a view to improve ASEAN’s HA/DR capabilities and contribute to regional stability.

Cope North Guam - Trilateral Joint Exercise in Guam -
Cope North Guam - Trilateral Joint Exercise in Guam -

Minister Onodera Encourages
the JSDF’s Biathlon Athletes

Minister Onodera  Encourages the JSDF’s Biathlon Athletes

On February 25th, Minister Onodera encouraged the biathlon athletes belong to the Winter Season Special Physical Training and Education Office of the JSDF Physical Training School at Nishioka Training Area, Hokkaido.

Minister Onodera  Encourages the JSDF’s Biathlon Athletes

Cobra Gold 18

Cobra Gold 18

From January 21st to February 23rd, the JSDF took part in the multilateral exercise Cobra Gold 18 in Thailand. It was participated by approx. 150 personnel of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), JASDF, and the Joint Staff Office.

Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, India, and China took part in this year’s Cobra Gold, in addition to the host countries, the U.S. and Thailand.

Among various exercises, the JSDF engaged in command post exercise related to counter-piracy operations, cooperation and support activities in situation threatening the international peace and security that the international community is collectively addressing. Moreover, the JSDF conducted field training for the rescue of Japanese nationals overseas, and also participated in the humanitarian and civic assistance activities related to the public health and construction, to improve capabilities to accomplish the JSDF's operations to promote understanding and reinforce confidence among the countries involved.

Joint Training with French Navy

Joint Training with French Navy

From February 12th to 13th, the JMSDF’s DD Yugiri conducted joint training VINEX 18 with French naval frigate Vendémiaire in the sea south of the Kanto region.

The training was intended to improve tactical skills of the JMSDF and strengthen interoperability with the French Navy. The conducting of this training was announced in the Joint statement of the Japan-France Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting (“2+2”) held on February 26th.

Through such efforts, the MOD intends to ensure the peace and stability of Japan and the region by strengthening cooperation with France, a “Pacific nation” that has territories in the Pacific Ocean and Japan’s special partner that shares fundamental values.

Iron Fist 18

Iron Fist 18

From January 8th to February 18th, the JGSDF conducted the field training exercise Iron Fist 18 with the U.S. Marine Corps at the Camp Pendleton and the U.S. Navy San Clemente Island Range Complex in California.

Iron Fist 18

Approx. 360 JGSDF personnel and approx. 250 U.S. Marine Corps personnel participated in the exercise.

The JGSDF took advantage of effective training facilities in the U.S. and improved their defense capabilities for the defense of remote islands. The exercise was implemented to enhance the interoperability with the U.S. forces as well as the required tactics and combat capabilities for operations on remote islands.

Moreover, MV-22 Ospreys of the U.S. Marine Corps also took part in the exercise. It was highly valuable for the JGSDF since MV-22 is expected to be procured as a part of Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade which will be newly established.

Iron Fist 18
Iron Fist 18

Type 10 battle tank

Type 10 battle tank

In this edition, we will introduce the Type 10 battle tank. The Type 10 battle tank is manufactured in Japan, and features a 120mm smoothbore L44 gun as its main armament. In addition to enhancing basic warfare functions, the new tank is distinguished by its C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) system. The C4I system enables information sharing among battle tanks, and it can be connected to the infantry’s outdoor computer network called Regiment Command Control System (ReCS) to facilitate integrated military operations with infantry troops. The Type 10 battle tank is expected to play an important role in defending Japan.

Specifications:
  • ▷Length: approx. 9.4m
  • ▷Width: approx. 3.2m
  • ▷Weight: approx. 44t
  • ▷Power pack: 1,200ps
  • ▷Maximum speed: 70km/h
  • ▷Armor: 120mm smoothbore gun, 12.7mm heavy machine gun, etc.
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