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Japan, South Korea Scramble Fighter Jets Against 2 Russian Strategic Bombers
November 27, 2019

Japan, South Korea Scramble Fighter Jets Against 2 Russian Strategic Bombers

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The two Russian bombers and escort aircraft were conducting a 10-hour flight over the Sea of Japan and East China Sea.

Japan Places Follow-on Order for Joint Strike Missiles
November 13, 2019

Japan Places Follow-on Order for Joint Strike Missiles

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese government has awarded Norway’s Kongsberg a follow-on contract to supply additional Joint Strike Missiles.
Australia, Japan to Hold First Joint Air Combat Exercise
September 11, 2019

Australia, Japan to Hold First Joint Air Combat Exercise

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Bushido Guardian 2019 exercise will be held from September 11 to October 8 in Japan.

Report: 2 Russian Tu-95 Strategic Bombers Violate Japan's Airspace
June 20, 2019

Report: 2 Russian Tu-95 Strategic Bombers Violate Japan's Airspace

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Two nuclear-capable Tu-95 long-range bombers have violated Japanese airspace on June 20, according to the country’s defense ministry.

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets in Response to Chinese Spy Plane Over Miyako Strait
June 17, 2019

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets in Response to Chinese Spy Plane Over Miyako Strait

By Franz-Stefan Gady
For the first time in over a month, Japan’s Ministry of Defense has publicized the interception of a foreign military aircraft.

Alessio Patalano on Japan’s Growing Naval Power
June 04, 2019

Alessio Patalano on Japan’s Growing Naval Power

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Aircraft carriers and F-35B stealth fighters: Japan is incrementally building up its offensive maritime capabilities.

Japan Takes Delivery of First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft
June 03, 2019

Japan Takes Delivery of First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Northrop Grumman has announced that it has delivered the first E-2D aircraft to the Japan Air Self Defense Force.
Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept 2 Russian Military Aircraft
May 06, 2019

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept 2 Russian Military Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japanese fighters intercepted two Russian maritime patrol aircraft in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea on May 3.

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept Russian Military Reconnaissance Plane
March 29, 2019

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept Russian Military Reconnaissance Plane

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The latest Japan Air Self-Defense Force intercept took place on March 27 in the Sea of Japan.

Japan to Develop Extended-Range Supersonic Air-to-Surface Missile
March 25, 2019

Japan to Develop Extended-Range Supersonic Air-to-Surface Missile

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan is set to extend the range of its domestically designed and produced ASM-3 air-launched anti-ship missile.

Japan Scrambles Fighters to Intercept 4 Russian Strategic Bombers and 4 Fighter Jets
February 16, 2019

Japan Scrambles Fighters to Intercept 4 Russian Strategic Bombers and 4 Fighter Jets

By Franz-Stefan Gady
This constitutes one of the largest single presence of Russian military aircraft near Japanese airspace in recent years.
Japan Intercepts Russian Spy Plane
January 23, 2019

Japan Intercepts Russian Spy Plane

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japanese fighters intercepted a Russian Navy maritime patrol aircraft over the Sea of Japan on January 17.

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