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ASDF scrambles to intercept Chinese planes in East China Sea

ASDF scrambles to intercept Chinese planes in East China Sea

At noon on March 2nd, two Chinese Y-8 naval airplanes were detected 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the Senkaku islands, the closest ever approach by Chinese airplanes to the islands, according to the Ministry of Defense’s Joint Staff Office. The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled F-15J fighters to intercept the two Chinese planes, an “intelligence...

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Keen Sword 2011 (updated)

–Updated 12/10/10 – Keen Sword exercises have ended. Here’s a wrap photo. I count 25 ships. I figure at least half of those ships are Japanese. All of the major Japanese combatants — Hyuga, Kunisaki, Kongo, and Shirane are present. That’s USS Houston in front. Why aren’t there any Japanese submarines in the formation? (Then...

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Japan cancels RF-15J variant

Via Alert 5: Japan has canceled plans to modify F-15J air superiority fighters for the reconnaissance role: Under a package of contracts signed in fiscal 2007 and 2008 in the total amount of 10 billion yen, Toshiba is required to deliver the fighter between September and October after adding optical and infrared cameras and other...

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Until F-X, Japan to build additional F-2s or upgrade F-15s

According to this Kyodo article published on Sunday, Japan is trying to figure out how to retire the 40 year old F-4J fighters and not retain any loss of capability, at least until the F-X fighters are delivered. The two options discussed are either purchasing additional F-2 fighters or upgrading the F-15 fleet . Japan...

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For Japan’s consideration: air to air missile defense

This article at ARES describes Raytheon making  the case for using “legacy fighters”in the BMD role. The concept, Network-Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE), would require a fighter capable of carrying the AIM-120 AMRAAM medium range air to air missile coupled with modern radars. The fighter-radar-missile combination “would make a lot of sense for Asian countries” that fly...

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ASDF recruitment video

The ASDF is all about helping people. See? Don’t forget to lower your landing gear when you grow up!

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ASDF crash video

Here’s a little video I had saved. A Japanese F-15 crash landed at Komatsu–the pilot had forgotten to lower the landing gear. That must have been quite a surprise. Apparently the tower was supposed to remind him to check his landing gear, but they forgot to do that. I could probably find out more than...

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