The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 523 times between 1 April and 31 December 2019 in response to Chinese military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace: a 9% increase compared with the same period in 2018.
The figure, which is second-highest registered during this nine-month period since 2016, represents 70% of the total number of JASDF scrambles during those three quarters according to data published by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo on 29 January.
Japanese fighters also responded 216 times to movements by Russian military aircraft, down from 270 times during the same period in 2018.
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