Military Capabilities

Number of JASDF scrambles in FY 2018 second highest on record, says MoD

15 April 2019

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft 999 times in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace: the second-highest total recorded in a year since such operations began in 1958.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo said in a statement on 12 April that the overall number of scrambles was up by 95 from the previous fiscal year but emphasised that no aircraft violated Japanese airspace.

The JASDF scrambled fighters 638 times (64% of the total) in response to Chinese aircraft, up 138 from FY 2017 and the second-highest total on record, according to the MoD.

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