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Why the F-35 Isn’t Good Enough for Japan
April 28, 2018
Why the F-35 Isn’t Good Enough for Japan
Tokyo looks to American and indigenous alternatives as a result of the joint strike fighter’s shortcomings.
Why the F-35 Isn’t Good Enough for Japan
Japan Air Self Defense Force: Intercepts Down 23 Percent
April 17, 2018
Japan Air Self Defense Force: Intercepts Down 23 Percent
The number of Japan Air Self Defense Force scrambles decreased by 23 percent during fiscal year 2017.
Japan Air Self Defense Force: Intercepts Down 23 Percent
Japanese Fighter Jets Intercept Nuclear-Capable Russian Bombers Near US Base
February 27, 2018
Japanese Fighter Jets Intercept Nuclear-Capable Russian Bombers Near US Base
Two Russian bombers hurtled close to U.S. and Japanese bases including Misawa Air Base, Yokosuka Naval Base and Atsugi Air Base.
Japanese Fighter Jets Intercept Nuclear-Capable Russian Bombers Near US Base
How Did Japan Lose Its Air Superiority Advantage?
February 17, 2018
How Did Japan Lose Its Air Superiority Advantage?
Once one of the world’s most capable air forces, Japan now finds itself outmatched in air-to-air combat capabilities.
How Did Japan Lose Its Air Superiority Advantage?
Japan Ready to Mass-Produce New Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile
January 19, 2018
Japan Ready to Mass-Produce New Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile
Japan’s first supersonic air-launched anti-ship missile is slated to enter service in 2019.
Japan Ready to Mass-Produce New Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile
China’s Air Force Holds Drills Near Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
December 19, 2017
China’s Air Force Holds Drills Near Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
For the first, Chinese military aircraft flew through the Tsushima Strait which lies between Korea and Japan on Monday.
China’s Air Force Holds Drills Near Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
China Flies Long-Range Bombers Near Japan and Taiwan
December 13, 2017
China Flies Long-Range Bombers Near Japan and Taiwan
The Chinese bombers and support aircraft aimed to “test real combat capabilities.”
China Flies Long-Range Bombers Near Japan and Taiwan
China Flies 4 Heavy Long-Range Bombers, Spy Planes Near Japan
November 20, 2017
China Flies 4 Heavy Long-Range Bombers, Spy Planes Near Japan
Japan scrambled fighter jets in response.
China Flies 4 Heavy Long-Range Bombers, Spy Planes Near Japan
Japanese Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers
October 31, 2017
Japanese Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers
Japanese fighter jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers approaching Japan's airspace.
Japanese Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers
US Clears Sale of Advanced Missiles to Japan
October 05, 2017
US Clears Sale of Advanced Missiles to Japan
US Clears Sale of Advanced Missiles to Japan
Deterring North Korea: Will Japan Buy More F-35 Fighter Jets?
September 06, 2017
Deterring North Korea: Will Japan Buy More F-35 Fighter Jets?
Japan is mulling the purchase of additional F-35 stealth fighters, according to a U.S. lawmaker.
Deterring North Korea: Will Japan Buy More F-35 Fighter Jets?
Russia Flies Nuclear-Capable Bombers Near North Korea
August 29, 2017
Russia Flies Nuclear-Capable Bombers Near North Korea
The Russian bombers reportedly violated South Korea’s air-defense identification zone.
Russia Flies Nuclear-Capable Bombers Near North Korea
Japan to Arm Fighter Jets With New Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile
July 31, 2017
Japan to Arm Fighter Jets With New Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile
Japan reportedly will retrofit its F-2 fighter jets with a new supersonic anti-ship missile.
Japan to Arm Fighter Jets With New Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile
Japan Air Self-Defense Force: Chinese Intercepts Down 50, Russia Up 60 Percent
July 17, 2017
Japan Air Self-Defense Force: Chinese Intercepts Down 50, Russia Up 60 Percent
Following a record high in 2016, the number of Chinese military aircraft approaching Japanese airspace was almost cut in half from April to June 2017.
Japan Air Self-Defense Force: Chinese Intercepts Down 50, Russia Up 60 Percent
Following Death of Otto Warmbier, US Sends Strategic Bombers off Korean Peninsula
June 21, 2017
Following Death of Otto Warmbier, US Sends Strategic Bombers off Korean Peninsula
The U.S. Air Force dispatched two B-1B Lancers for joint drills with Japanese and South Korean military aircraft.
Following Death of Otto Warmbier, US Sends Strategic Bombers off Korean Peninsula
Japan Rolls Out First Domestically-Built F-35 Stealth Fighter
June 06, 2017
Japan Rolls Out First Domestically-Built F-35 Stealth Fighter
The first Japanese-built F-35A was officially unveiled on June 5.
Japan Rolls Out First Domestically-Built F-35 Stealth Fighter
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