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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 1,010 aircraft, 448 of them being fighter aircraft.

Force Structure[edit]


  • 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: 948
  • Helicopters: 62

Aircraft Used in the JASDF[edit]


ELINT Aircraft[edit]

  • 4 x Boeing E-767 (Airborne Early Warning and Control)
  • 14 x Grumman E-2C Hawkeye 2000 (Airborne Early Warning)
  • 4 x Hawker U-125 (Calibration Aircraft)
  • 2 x Kawasaki EC-1 (Electronic Warfare)
  • 14 x Mitsubishi RF-4EJ Phantom II (Reconnaissance Aircraft)
  • 8 x NAMC YS-11 (Calibration/Electronic Warfare)

Transport Aircraft[edit]

  • 2 x Boeing 747-400 (VIP Transport
  • 4 x Boeing KC-767J (Aerial Tanker)
  • 6 x Grumman/Gulfstream U-4 Gulfstream IV (VIP Transport)
  • 28 x Hawker U-125A (Search and Rescue)
  • 26 x Kawasaki C-1 (Tactical Airlifter)
  • 4 x Kawasaki C-2 (Strategic Transport) - 20 more on order
  • 6 x Learjet U-36A (Utility Transport)
  • 16 x Lockheed C-130H Hercules (Tactical Airlifter)
  • 6 x Lockheed KC-130H Hercules (Aerial Tanker)
  • 14 x NAMC YS-11 (Transport Aircraft)


  • 16 x Boeing CH-47J Chinook (Transport Helicopter)
  • 46 x Mitsubishi UH-60J Blackhawk (SAR Helicopter)


  • 50 x Fuji T-7 (Trainer)
  • 202 x Kawasaki T-4 (Trainer)
  • 26 x Mitsubishi F-2B Viper Zero (Conversion Trainer)
  • 46 x Mitsubishi F-15DJ Eagle (Conversion Trainer)
  • 4 x NAMC YS-11 (Multi-Engine Trainer)
  • 14 x Raytheon T-1 Jayhawk (Trainer)

Future Procurement[edit]

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