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Defending Japan’s peace from the skies, Correspondence on a steady-state 1: warning and surveillance, etc

Efforts to protect Japan

Fulfilling the JASDF mission of protecting Japan’s territorial airspace involves not only fighter aircraft scrambles but also the execution of missions by a variety of units. To secure the peaceful livelihood of the Japanese people, the JASDF is diligently engaged in day and night missions and training in places that the Japanese people seldom see.

Warning and Surveillance

The JASDF is extensively engaged in around-the-clock warning and surveillance in Japan’s territorial airspace 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,

Countermeasures against intrusions into Japanese airspace

When an aircraft from an unidentified nation is detected by warning and surveillance and is suspected of violating Japan’s airspace, it is the JASDF's mission to respond. The term "scramble" refers to the emergency dispatch of aircraft against unidentified aircraft.

Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)

Japan’s BMD is an effective multi-tier defense system with the upper tier interception by Aegis-equipped destroyers and the lower tier by Patriot PAC-3, both interconnected and coordinated by the Japan Aerospace Defense Ground Environment (JADGE). As a response against ballistic missiles or other objects, the Joint Task Force-BMD is formed, with the Commander of the Air Defense Command serving as its Commander, and various postures for effective defense are to be taken under a unified command through JADGE. Furthermore, the GSDF will play a leading role in dealing with damage caused by the impact of a fallen ballistic missile.