2014年04月11日

Japan sees big rise in scrambles against Chinese aircraft

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Japan sees big rise in scrambles against Chinese aircraft

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

09 April 2014

Intercepts of Chinese aircraft by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) increased by 36% in fiscal year 2013 (FY 2013).

The Joint Staff Office (JSO) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 9 April that JASDF aircraft had scrambled to intercept Chinese aircraft a record 415 times in FY 2013, up from 306 times in FY 2012.

The increase coincides with China's declaration on 23 November 2013 of an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea that overlaps with that of Japan and South Korea and also covers the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

The JSO statement said Japan scrambled fighters against Chinese aircraft 138 times in the October-December 2013 period and 128 times in the January-March 2014 period.

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2014年04月10日

Japan sets out plans to become regional F-35 maintenance hub

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Japan sets out plans to become regional F-35 maintenance hub

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and Jon Grevatt, Bangkok and James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

08 April 2014

Japan and the United States are considering establishing a regional depot in Japan for Asia-Pacific based users of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter, a Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) official told IHS Jane's on 8 April.

The move to host a maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) facility in Japan follows the 1 April decision by Japan's cabinet to approve new guidelines on defence equipment exports.

A draft outline of the MoD's strategy on F-35 sustainment, which has been obtained by IHS Jane's , says it will work to co-ordinate with relevant countries to establish a regional MRO facility in Japan.

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2014年04月09日

Mitsubishi developing amphibious assault vehicle prototype

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Mitsubishi developing amphibious assault vehicle prototype

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
07 April 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has built a prototype for an amphibious vehicle, a spokesman told IHS Jane's on 8 April.

MHI - Japan's largest defence company - has conducted research and development into amphibious vehicles for some time, he said.

"It's true that we have built a prototype of an amphibious vehicle but it is at an early testing stage and is not complete," said the spokesman. "We are still in the process of trial and error through internal development; it's not a production order for the Ministry of Defense [MoD]."

The spokesman would not release details such as the vehicle's size and potential armament, but a source who has seen an image of the prototype told IHS Jane's that it was tracked and featured waterjets to aid propulsion at sea.

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