Future plans for the development of the Japanese Air Force

Future plans for the development of the Japanese Air Force
Due to the fact that Japan considers the situation in the surrounding region, «tense», there are plans to enhance their own abilities in the field of intelligence, surveillance, control, that will allow to respond to attack outlying islands, strengthen the defense and ability to conduct combined operations.

Medium-term plan for the development of defense (Mid-Term Defense Plan, MTDP) is largely influenced by recent tensions with China. Since 2010, they have significantly worsened in the main because of Chinese claims to the Senkaku Islands.
Since territorial disputes intensified, the Air Force land of the rising sun appeared in the frontal zone. Japanese Self-Defense Forces zachitelno often become fly to intercept air targets. From 2003 to 2013. The number of departures alarm tripled from 158 to 567. Russian aircraft number has doubled from 124 to 248, but the most significant increase occurred in the detection of Chinese military aircraft — with a 2-up 306.
In response to the escalating tensions, MTDP zaneset significant changes in the Self-Defense Forces. Japan increment military spending by 5% for 5 years to a total of 247 billion dollars in the Land of the Rising Sun by fighter squadrons to rise from 12 to 13, and the number of aircraft in their 260 to 280. Number ground radars will also increase, and the available radars will be upgraded. Control System AWACS aircraft will be improved, and the number of them will also grow. Japan also gets its own first reconnaissance UAVs.

At the same time the SDF units to relocate some areas land of the rising sun on the southern flank, including the islands Ryuku and the disputed Senkaku Islands. Naha Air Base in Okinawa is becoming a major element of the latest Japanese strategy. Japanese F-15J fighters and maritime patrol aircraft P-3C Orion commit daily flights over the East China Sea.

The number of fighters based on Naha will be doubled from 20 to 40 aircraft. By 204 hikotai fighters F-15J, which is currently being deployed in Naha, added the second squadron on the same aircraft — 305 hikotai. Airbase Naha unchanged base will be located mixed squadron AWACs (E-2C and E-767), the E-2C aircraft are already there on a rotating basis.

The main element in strengthening fighter become fighters F-35A. Japan will buy 28 of these aircraft for 5 years, which is foreseen MTDP, and then to be followed by another 14 units. Japanese company IHI will create 17 different parts of the motor, and the company Mitsubishi Electric will produce different components for radar aircraft, including signal receivers. Concern Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be responsible for final assembly of the aircraft. First Japanese F-35A should be based on the airbase Mizava. It was reported that Japan is considering buying second batch of these aircraft, which may be non-long aircraft will include takeoff and landing F-35B, to base on remote islands or even on the new helicopter type or existing type Izumo Hyuga.

In addition to the existing service aircraft will be upgraded: in 2014 will undergo modernization 12 fighters F-15J, the price of which is $ 12.5 million per plane. The program of modernization affect on-board electronic warfare, infrared optoelectronic system maintenance. Curiously, the pilots will receive F-15J as night vision goggles, although not intended to use the aircraft as a strike aircraft.

Park Japanese fighter production F-2 also passes through the modernization program from the deepest, which includes the installation of more powerful radar AFAR J/APG-2, also including the ability to use new missiles «air-» AAM-4B. Having an active homing missile AFAR AAM-4B rocket substitutes South American production AIM-120 AMRAAM. Each modernized F-2 will be able to carry up to four missiles AAM-4B. For use as an attack aircraft F-2 will be updated to the ability of implementing guided bombs JDAM, budget 2014 accommodate the impact of the container on one F-2. At the same time, the Army will get their first laser designators to illuminate targets for the F-2.

Park AWACs will be modernized and reorganized. Four aircraft available E-767 will have upgraded electrical equipment and onboard computers that foreseen budget 2013 AWACs group consisting of 4 aircraft E-767 and E-2C 13 will consist not of 2-and 3 squadrons. The number of divisions of ground radar on Japanese countryside will rise to 28. Available ground radar will be upgraded at a rapid pace, and the station at Miyyakodzima Takahatayama and will be refurbished. These works are also funded by the budget 2013 Both radar detection can view the distant waters of the East China Sea, and even the capture area of ​​mainland China.
To expand the capabilities of intelligence, Japan plans to buy three UAV Northrop Grumman RG-4 Global Hawk. The first to be purchased in 2015, it will be based at the airbase Mizava where he fails to keep under control the nuclear program from the DPRK.

Japanese Navy for 5 years will buy four maritime patrol aircraft Kawasaki P-1, bringing the number of this type of aircraft in service to 6. P-1 is a national development designed to change the plane P-3C Orion. He resettled turbofan engines with high bypass ratio, fiber optic control system, a modern system of information processing and communication. Unlike South American aircraft P-8 Poseidon on P-1 will be saved magnetometer. The result will be purchased 70 F-1. Existing fleet of Japanese aircraft P-3C pass through life extension program from aircraft to save in battle formation.

Navy also increment the number of helicopters. Given the growth of the «deck space» with the introduction sroy vertoletonesuschih destroyers types Hyuga and Izumo need arose ASW helicopters. Will be bought four helicopters SH-60K Seahawk, and have helicopters SH-60J will be extended resource.
Eventually the Japanese Army will buy 17 Tiltrotor Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. The Japanese army makes amphibious forces on the model of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Osprey will be responsible for tactical transport that will allow remote strengthen the Japanese garrisons on the islands without the creation of runways. Osprey has already shown its compatibility with the amphibious assault ship type and Osumi vertoletonesuschimi destroyers type Hyuga. First copies will be bought in April 2014, and deliveries will stretch over five years.

Japan’s new defense plan is not so much aimed at the mass, but on the spot action. Instead of simply increase the SDF, the relocation plan foreseen squadrons on the key position like Ryuko islands, far from quiet villages. Increase the ability of self-defense forces and make their own Air Force base for the purchase of fighter fifth generation. According to the views of the creator, this defense plan is a measured response to the growing tensions in Northeast Asia.

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