The Japan Air Self-Defense Force, or JASDF, is the aviation branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces responsible for the defense of Japanese airspace and ...
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force, 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 45,000 personnel in 2005. As of 2010, the JASDF operates 805 aircraft, 424 of them being fighter aircraft. Aircraft inventory: â—¼ Combat aircraft Mitsubishi F-2, Mitsubishi F-15 Eagle, F-4 Phantom II, â—¼ Trainer aircraft Kawasaki T-4, Raytheon Hawker 400, Fuji T-7, â—¼ Transport aircraft C-130 Hercules, Kawasaki C-1, Boeing 767, Boeing 747, Gulfstream IV, NAMC YS-11, British Aerospace BAe 125, â—¼ AEW Boeing E-767, Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, â—¼ Transport/search and rescue helicopter Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Mitsubishi H-60
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