What's new

Japan reduces Chinese interceptions as it deploys F-35s

Han-Tang

FULL MEMBER
Sep 13, 2020
331
0
648
Country
China
Location
China
Japan reduces Chinese interceptions as it deploys F-35s
1615002522861.png

https://www.aerotime.aero/upload/files/japan_air_self-defense_force_boeing_f-15j.jpg
on 4th March 2021

Clement Charpentreau
CLEMENT CHARPENTREAU


Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) changed its air defense strategy in order to lower the number of interceptions. Fighter jets should now only be scrambled when foreign aircraft threaten the country’s airspace.
In the first nine months of the fiscal year 2020 (which starts in April), Japanese fighter jets were scrambled 331 times to intercept Chinese aircraft, 192 times less than the same period the previous year.
The change was made to help free resources for the advanced training of fighter pilots on the newly-deployed Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Coincidentally, the introduction of the stealth fighter jet lowered the capacity of the JASDF to intercept incoming aircraft. "The F-35 is not suitable for emergency lift-off, and it will become difficult to maintain the same system as before,” the Japanese Ministry of Defense told Kyodo News.
Currently, the main interceptor of the JASDF is the Mitsubishi F-15J, a homegrown version of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. However, the Japanese government is reportedly considering the sale of some of its older F-15J fighters to fund the acquisition of more F-35s, which could hinder the capacity of the JASDF even more.
Such a move might look counter-productive at a time when China has increased pressure on its neighbors to claim contested territories. The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense reported that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) flew about 380 sorties into the country’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in 2020, the highest number since 1996.


Since 2013, the Japanese territory of the Senkaku Islands (or Diaoyu in Chinese) in the East China Sea is included in the Chinese ADIZ. On September 6, 2018, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign affairs published a report claiming that up to five Chinese vessels enter the Japanese waters every month while sailing daily in its contiguous zone.

To compensate for the reduction in systematic visual identification through interceptions, the Japanese military increased the proportion of land-based long-range radars and early warning aircraft for long-distance monitoring. Pilots of the JASDF remain on alert around the clock to intercept any high-threat aircraft.
 

sinait

SENIOR MEMBER
Oct 22, 2016
3,540
-18
7,716
Country
Singapore
Location
Singapore
Japan reduces Chinese interceptions as it deploys F-35s
View attachment 722440
https://www.aerotime.aero/upload/files/japan_air_self-defense_force_boeing_f-15j.jpg
on 4th March 2021

Clement Charpentreau
CLEMENT CHARPENTREAU


Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) changed its air defense strategy in order to lower the number of interceptions. Fighter jets should now only be scrambled when foreign aircraft threaten the country’s airspace.
In the first nine months of the fiscal year 2020 (which starts in April), Japanese fighter jets were scrambled 331 times to intercept Chinese aircraft, 192 times less than the same period the previous year.
The change was made to help free resources for the advanced training of fighter pilots on the newly-deployed Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Coincidentally, the introduction of the stealth fighter jet lowered the capacity of the JASDF to intercept incoming aircraft. "The F-35 is not suitable for emergency lift-off, and it will become difficult to maintain the same system as before,” the Japanese Ministry of Defense told Kyodo News.
Currently, the main interceptor of the JASDF is the Mitsubishi F-15J, a homegrown version of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. However, the Japanese government is reportedly considering the sale of some of its older F-15J fighters to fund the acquisition of more F-35s, which could hinder the capacity of the JASDF even more.
Such a move might look counter-productive at a time when China has increased pressure on its neighbors to claim contested territories. The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense reported that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) flew about 380 sorties into the country’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in 2020, the highest number since 1996.


Since 2013, the Japanese territory of the Senkaku Islands (or Diaoyu in Chinese) in the East China Sea is included in the Chinese ADIZ. On September 6, 2018, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign affairs published a report claiming that up to five Chinese vessels enter the Japanese waters every month while sailing daily in its contiguous zone.

To compensate for the reduction in systematic visual identification through interceptions, the Japanese military increased the proportion of land-based long-range radars and early warning aircraft for long-distance monitoring. Pilots of the JASDF remain on alert around the clock to intercept any high-threat aircraft.
Belatedly, Japan learns that more interceptions means MORE EARLY RETIREMENT of expensive Japanese aged aircrafts.
Haha, China should sent more sorties over Japan.
.
 

StraightEdge

FULL MEMBER
Jan 21, 2021
126
-2
94
Country
India
Location
India
The F-35 is not suitable for emergency lift-off, and it will become difficult to maintain the same system as before -- hah! Why buy expensive jets then?
 

Char

FULL MEMBER
Mar 31, 2018
1,729
0
2,073
Country
China
Location
China
Japan reduces Chinese interceptions as it deploys F-35s
View attachment 722440
https://www.aerotime.aero/upload/files/japan_air_self-defense_force_boeing_f-15j.jpg
on 4th March 2021

Clement Charpentreau
CLEMENT CHARPENTREAU


Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) changed its air defense strategy in order to lower the number of interceptions. Fighter jets should now only be scrambled when foreign aircraft threaten the country’s airspace.
In the first nine months of the fiscal year 2020 (which starts in April), Japanese fighter jets were scrambled 331 times to intercept Chinese aircraft, 192 times less than the same period the previous year.
The change was made to help free resources for the advanced training of fighter pilots on the newly-deployed Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Coincidentally, the introduction of the stealth fighter jet lowered the capacity of the JASDF to intercept incoming aircraft. "The F-35 is not suitable for emergency lift-off, and it will become difficult to maintain the same system as before,” the Japanese Ministry of Defense told Kyodo News.
Currently, the main interceptor of the JASDF is the Mitsubishi F-15J, a homegrown version of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. However, the Japanese government is reportedly considering the sale of some of its older F-15J fighters to fund the acquisition of more F-35s, which could hinder the capacity of the JASDF even more.
Such a move might look counter-productive at a time when China has increased pressure on its neighbors to claim contested territories. The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense reported that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) flew about 380 sorties into the country’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in 2020, the highest number since 1996.


Since 2013, the Japanese territory of the Senkaku Islands (or Diaoyu in Chinese) in the East China Sea is included in the Chinese ADIZ. On September 6, 2018, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign affairs published a report claiming that up to five Chinese vessels enter the Japanese waters every month while sailing daily in its contiguous zone.

To compensate for the reduction in systematic visual identification through interceptions, the Japanese military increased the proportion of land-based long-range radars and early warning aircraft for long-distance monitoring. Pilots of the JASDF remain on alert around the clock to intercept any high-threat aircraft.
It is said that F35 always burns buttocks and there are software bugs to debug for a thousand years.
 

Suika

FULL MEMBER
Mar 19, 2017
1,382
0
458
Country
United States
Location
Japan
Belatedly, Japan learns that more interceptions means MORE EARLY RETIREMENT of expensive Japanese aged aircrafts.
Haha, China should sent more sorties over Japan.
.
This is quite true actually. The Japan side has been aware of it. Although Japan does have very good supply line for F-15Js so there's a lot of life in them. But F-35s are expensive and are not the best for frequent scrambling.

That said, its not really known how maintenance goes with the PRC side. The ones that use Russian engines probably have good reliablility but still probably not as reliable as F-15 engines. The PRC has made progress with WS-10 but its unknown how well those due is used a lot as well. So even if the PRC is well aware of limits in the fighters of the JASDF, the PLA AF may not be able to exploit it.
 

sinait

SENIOR MEMBER
Oct 22, 2016
3,540
-18
7,716
Country
Singapore
Location
Singapore
This is quite true actually. The Japan side has been aware of it. Although Japan does have very good supply line for F-15Js so there's a lot of life in them. But F-35s are expensive and are not the best for frequent scrambling.

That said, its not really known how maintenance goes with the PRC side. The ones that use Russian engines probably have good reliablility but still probably not as reliable as F-15 engines. The PRC has made progress with WS-10 but its unknown how well those due is used a lot as well. So even if the PRC is well aware of limits in the fighters of the JASDF, the PLA AF may not be able to exploit it.
For aircrafts that are produced locally with majority local made content, it is PPP GDP that counts.
With the largest PPP GDP and much cheaper wages, it is much cheaper for China if there will be a war of attrition.

Lets hope it does not have to be this way.
APOLOGISE SINCERELY UNABIGUOUSLY once and for all, and return ALL WAR SPOILS and cooperate for WIN WIN outcomes.
And redeem the Japanese pride in their names and use ABE SHINZO surname first instead of APING THEIR COLONIAL MASTERS WITH "Shinzo Abe", surname last.
.
 

Suika

FULL MEMBER
Mar 19, 2017
1,382
0
458
Country
United States
Location
Japan
For aircrafts that are produced locally with majority local made content, it is PPP GDP that counts.
With the largest PPP GDP and much cheaper wages, it is much cheaper for China if there will be a war of attrition.

Lets hope it does not have to be this way.
APOLOGISE SINCERELY UNABIGUOUSLY once and for all, and return ALL WAR SPOILS and cooperate for WIN WIN outcomes.
And redeem the Japanese pride in their names and use ABE SHINZO surname first instead of APING THEIR COLONIAL MASTERS WITH "Shinzo Abe", surname last.
.
lol wat?
 

Signalian

PDF THINK TANK: CONSULTANT
Aug 18, 2015
7,047
225
19,034
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
Japan side has been aware of it. Although Japan does have very good supply line for F-15Js so there's a lot of life in them
Sometime back there was a thread about a few F-15s being retired or something and enthusiasts on PDF started advocating F-15 for PAF.
 

Suika

FULL MEMBER
Mar 19, 2017
1,382
0
458
Country
United States
Location
Japan
Sometime back there was a thread about a few F-15s being retired or something and enthusiasts on PDF started advocating F-15 for PAF.
Japan has about 200 F-15Js. They wants to retire the approximately 100 non-upgraded F-15Js at some point. The other 100 F-15Js have been regularly been upgraded and are coming up on another upgrade which would make them comparable to F-15E multi-purpose F-15s. Japan might try selling the old F-15Js after retiring them but they'll probably need upgrades by whoever would be buying them.
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Total: 1, Members: 0, Guests: 1)


Top Bottom