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Japan Intercepted Chinese Military Aircraft 675 Times in Fiscal Year 2019

Friday, April 10, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Franz-Stefan Gady  |  April 10, 2020  |  The Diplomat


This marks a 6 percent increase compared with the same period in fiscal year 2018.

Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) fighter jets scrambled fighter jets 675 times to intercept Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) aircraft between April 1, 2019 and March 31 2020, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo announced on April 9.

The 675 scrambles conducted by the JASDF against PLAAF/PLANAF planes constitute a 5.8 percent increase compared to the prior year. It marks the second highest number of scrambles in response to Chinese military aircraft for a one-year period since 1958. READ MORE...

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