Is Japan's Air Force The Best In Asia?

Japanese Air Self Defense Force maintainers work on a F-15J fighter upon arrival for Cooperative Cope Thunder at Elmendorf Air Force Base, May 27, 2003 . Cope Thunder is a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, air combat training exercise held up to four times a year. The June 5-20 exercise represents the first time the JASDAF has deployed fighter aircraft to any exercise outside of Japan. More than 1,675 people will participate at Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force Bases, including approximately 980 U.S. service members and 695 service members from Thailand, Singapore, Republic of Korea, India and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. About 275 people from the JASDF will participate. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Keith Brown)

Charlie Gao, National Interest: Japan's Air Force: The Best in Asia?

With tensions rising all over Asia, Japan has been embarking on a program of rearmament in order to take a more proactive posture in the region. One of the critical pieces in this puzzle is the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). The JASDF fields a wide variety of aircraft, most American made. However, Japan’s indigenous technology industry has produced many upgrades for these aircraft, making them more capable than the originals in some aspects. They are also one of the only nations that still operates the venerable F-4 Phantom II, a jet the United States last used in the Vietnam War.

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