Japan Air Self-Defense Force

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The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (航空自衛隊 Kōkū Jieitai?), or JASDF, is the aviation branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces responsible for the defense of Japanese airspace and other aerospace operations. The JASDF carries out combat air patrols around Japan, while also maintaining an extensive network of ground and air early warning radar systems. The branch also has an aerobatic team known as Blue Impulse and has recently been involved in providing air transport in several UN peacekeeping missions.

The JASDF has an estimated 66,000 personnel in 2015. As of 2017, the JASDF operates 1,028 aircraft, 448 of them being fighter aircraft.

Force Structure[edit | edit source]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

  • Active Duty Personnel: 66,000
  • Reserve Personnel: 41,200
  • Number of Bases: 19 (Ashiya, Chitose, Fuchu, Gifu, Hamamatsu, Hofu, Hyakuri, Iruma, Iwo Jima, Komaki, Komatsu, Matsushima, Miho, Misawa, Naha, Nyubataru, Shizuhama, Tsuiki, Yokota)
  • Fixed-Wing Aicraft: 762
  • Helicopters: 68

Aircraft Inventory[edit | edit source]

Fighters[edit | edit source]

ELINT Aircraft[edit | edit source]

Transport Aircraft[edit | edit source]

Helicopters[edit | edit source]

Trainer Aircraft[edit | edit source]