The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 904 times in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace, the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Tokyo has reported.
It was a decrease of 22.6% compared with the previous fiscal year’s record-setting figure. The MoD said in a statement on 13 April that there were 264 fewer scrambles than during the FY 2016.
This latest announcement comes amid improving Japanese relations with China over the past year. Most notably, JASDF fighters responded 500 times (55% of the total) to movements by Chinese aircraft approaching Japanese airspace: down by 351 from the previous fiscal year.
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