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The Mystery of Japan’s KC-130 Buy

JSW pal Mike Yeo posted last week at his blog, The Base Leg, about a strange Japan Self Defense Forces purchase. Japan is purchasing 6 ex-US Marine Corps KC-130R transport/refueling aircraft. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency says in a statement: The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale to provide 6 KC-130R and 30...

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Ministry of Defense to scale back MSDF, ASDF Earthquake Efforts

Ministry of Defense to scale back MSDF, ASDF Earthquake Efforts

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said today that the MoD is planning on reducing the presence of the Air and Maritime Self Defense Forces in the earthquake-affected area. “The MSDF and ASDF will have to return to their original roles in intelligence-gathering and surveillance as the need for them to transport supplies and rescue people is...

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The Harlequin Man of JS Hyuga

The Harlequin Man of JS Hyuga

Flight operations on the helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga after the Tohoku Earthquake.

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PACOM on U.S. relief efforts in Japan (March 20, 2011)

PACOM on U.S. relief efforts in Japan (March 20, 2011)

Via U.S. Pacific Command…   Updated as of 5:21 a.m. HST March 19, 2011 An Operations Update on the Relief Effort in Japan U.S. Air Force Yokota received 2 Royal Thai AF C-130s. Yokota continued receiving and delivering supplies vital to continuing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations throughout Japan to include delivering Marines and...

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Great Tohoku Earthquake: SDF & U.S. Military Video

Here’s a collection of videos featuring the JSDF and U.S. Military in action. SDF convoy at night moving towards Tohoku area This one appears to be at a NBC casualty receiving point Damage at Matsushima AB SH-60s from USS Ronald Reagan delivering aid.

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The DEW Line: Second Kawasaki XC-2 Flies

The DEW Line: Second Kawasaki XC-2 Flies

Stephen Trimble at The Dew Line notes that the second Kawasaki XC-2 medium lifter flew today, and links to the YouTube video above. The second plane sported a medium gray paint job, as opposed to the first plane (below), which flew in the national colors. The XC-2 in the YouTube video is accompanied by a Kawasaki T-4...

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to manufacture Blackhawks for SDF

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to manufacture Blackhawks for SDF

Japan may be shorting Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over the future of the Type 10 tank, but MHI did score a consolation prize: 40 UH-60J Blackhawk search and rescue helicopters, with a total contract value of $2.3 billion USD. Sikorsky, which licenses the Blackhawk, said in a press release: The new fleet will replace 40 MHI-built...

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GSDF Helicopter crashes near Osaka

A GSDF UH-1 helicopter from the Middle Army Aviation Group crashed near Osaka Sunday morning, injuring all four crewmen onboard. No one on the ground was injured. According to the Yao garrison, the helicopter started its engines at Yao Airport at around 8:30 a.m., lifted off at 8:43 a.m., proceeded about 200 meters west to...

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GSDF choppers ordered to Pakistan–a/c breakdown

Kyodo says it’s 3 UH-1s and 3 CH-47s. (Link) I know, but really, how bad could Kyodo screw that up?

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SDF helicopters going to Pakistan

Last week, the Pakistani government asked Japan to send helicopters to help deal with the humanitarian crisis sparked by the worst local flooding in 80 years. The mission has been approved and the helicopters will soon be on their way. Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa ordered the defence forces Thursday to prepare for the dispatch in...

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Japan considering sending SDF helicopters to Pakistan

Japan has received a request from Pakistan to help deal with a humanitarian crisis caused by deadly floods. A government official Wednesday said the government is weighing a request received from the Pakistani government Tuesday to dispatch SDF helicopter corps to transport relief goods to flooded areas in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa Province. (Link) The flooding in Pakistan...

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Main Japanese political parties back selling converted military equipment

The Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan, the two largest political parties in Japan, both back the idea of selling converted military equipment on the civilian market. This proposal would directly lead to sales of Japanese military equipment to other countries after converting them into civilian products. This idea cuts straight to...

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