naval aviation
China to Japan: Your "Helicopter Destroyers" are Aircraft Carriers

China to Japan: Your “Helicopter Destroyers” are Aircraft Carriers

General Luo Yuan, a senior researcher at Beijing’s Academy of Military Sciences, sets the record straight on China’s aircraft carrier ambitions. “If we consider our neighbors – India will have three aircraft carriers by 2014 and Japan will have three carriers by 2014,” “So I think the number [for China] should not be less than...

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Japan in Military Exercises with Australia, Canada

Japan in Military Exercises with Australia, Canada

This week the Maritime Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force is engaged in exercises with Australia and Canada.

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Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Russia Pursues French Mistral Helicopter Carriers: Should Japan Be Worried?

Buszynski: Declaring that the Mistrals would be deployed in the southern Kurile Islands appears to be a political ploy to up the ante in escalating polemics with the Japanese over the disputed islands.

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The Evolution of the JMSDF Helicopter Destroyer Concept and JS Hyuga

The Evolution of the JMSDF Helicopter Destroyer Concept and JS Hyuga

U.S. Naval War College article, "A New Carrier Race: Strategy, Force Planning, and JS Hyuga."

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Japan's Latest Destroyers: Baby Flat-Tops?

Japan’s Latest Destroyers: Baby Flat-Tops?

A new article on 22DDH, first of a new generation of helicopter destroyers.

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UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year's Miyakojima Run

UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year’s Miyakojima Run

The recent sighting of a shipborne Chinese UAV only partly explains the importance of this year's training exercise: it was a display of China's growing naval capabilities and technological development.

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Chinese UAV spotted by MSDF Aircraft

Chinese UAV spotted by MSDF Aircraft

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft spotted a Chinese UAV in the air around a Chinese fleet on a training cruise, this is the first confirmed sighting of a Chinese UAV.

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Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Nukes, Carriers and Boomers: The Dream of General Tamogami

Tamogami wants Japanese rearmament. He wants a nuclear deterrent for Japan. He wants nuclear propulsion for ships. He wants cruise missiles. He wants aircraft carriers. In short, he wants all of the things many countries already have.

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"Did you lose something?": MSDF flying boat drops radio antenna connector component mid-flight

“Did you lose something?”: MSDF flying boat drops radio antenna connector component mid-flight

A rough translation from today’s morning edition of the Mainichi Shimbun (Yamaguchi East Local Edition), available online (JP) here: Lost: Air-Sea Rescue Flying Boat Drops Radio Parts Mid-Flight – MSDF Iwakuni Base, Yamaguchi On 3rd May, a US-2 Air Sea-Rescue Flying Boat from Maritime Self-Defense Force Iwakuni Base might have dropped radio antenna connector components,...

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Second "Helicopter Destroyer" Commissioned into MSDF

Second “Helicopter Destroyer” Commissioned into MSDF

  JS Ise, the second and last of the Hyuga-class helicopter destroyers, has officially joined the fleet. Ise was commissioned into the Maritime Self Defense Forces on March 16th, 2011, five days after the Tohoku Earthquake. Ise was built by IHI at the Yokohama Shipyard and launched in August 2009. At 18,000 tons fully loaded, Hyuga...

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Japan bends arms export rules

Japan bends arms export rules

The biggest piece of news concerning the Self-Defense Forces this week is Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa’s announcement that Japan will sell used propellors from the MSDF’s US-1A flying boats. The propellors will be used to supply the Afghan military with some refurbished transport planes. The US approached Japan secretly in August 2010 to ask for...

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Japanese Airpower: 2011 Draft Budget Procurement Guide

Japanese Airpower: 2011 Draft Budget Procurement Guide

On Christmas Eve 2010, the Japanese Ministry of Defense released it draft budget for FY2011. The total budget was trimmed by 0.4% to ¥4,662.5 billion. For the SDF, it announced the purchase of 52 vehicles among the three Self-Defense Forces, according to Japanese magazine Koukuu Fan (航空ファン). The following table is translated from that magazine’s...

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