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Japanese military aircraft intercepted Chinese H-6 bomber

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Japanese military aircraft intercepted Chinese H-6K strategic bomber flying through international airspace between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea, Japan’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement. According to a message posted on the Defense Ministry’s Twitter account, Japanese airspace was not violated. Chinese H-6K bomber designed for long-range attacks […]

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U.S., Japan holds naval exercise amid increased Chinese activities in South China Sea

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American and Japanese naval ships, aircraft and personnel take part in bilateral exercises while sailing together in the South China Sea amid increased Chinese activities in the region. In a release late Wednesday, Command Destroyer Squadron 7 reported the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kashima […]

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Japan scramble fighter jets to intercept Chinese electronic surveillance aircraft

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On Monday, Japan’s defense ministry said it scrambled fighter jets to intercept a People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force electronic surveillance aircraft over the Sea of Japan. Japan identified Chinese Shaanxi Y-9JB (GX-8) electronic warfare and surveillance plane flying along the borders. Subsequently, there have been no violations of the Japanese state borders. The Chinese […]

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Japan shows modern Type 10 main battle tanks in action

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Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces have demonstrated the capability of its new advanced fourth-generation main battle tanks, called the Type-10, during the annual live-fire exercise at the Higashi-Fuji firing range in Gotemba in Shizuoka Prefecture. The Type 10 is the main battle tank built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF). […]

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Japan unveils next generation assault rifle

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Japan’s Ministry of Defense publicly unveiled the newest Howa Type 20 assault rifle, designed to replace the 5.56x45mm Type 89 that was adopted 30 years ago. The first time in over 30 years, Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) members will get new assault weapons. The new assault rifles were displayed to the media on May […]

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First V-22 Osprey aircraft arrives in Japan

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The first two V-22 Osprey aircraft bound for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) units arrived in Japan at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, according to a recent Marine Corps news release. “The V-22 off-load marked the first time JGSDF V-22s arrived on Japanese soil,” said in a statement.  Japan ordered the first five Ospreys […]

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Japanese Army acquires newest self-propelled howitzers

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The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is to receive the newest long-range self-propelled howitzer based on a military truck chassis. The Japanese Ministry of Defense has plans to procure a batch of seven Type 19 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers in 2020, according to a document entitled Defense Programs and Budget of Japan. In its document said […]

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Japanese military to buy additional twenty-first-century tank destroyers

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The Japanese Ministry of Defense will purchase an additional Type 16 Mobile Combat Systems, also known as a Japanese twenty-first-century tank destroyer, according to a document entitled Defense Programs and Budget of Japan, the 2020 version of which was published in late March. The procurement of additional mobile combat vehicles suited for transportation by aircraft […]

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U.S. Marine Corps simulates anti-ship long range fires in Japan

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Video and photos released Monday by 1st Marine Aircraft Wing show U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 and Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 participated in the Harpoon training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. According to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, during the exercise, Marine Aircraft Group 12 squadrons focused […]

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U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber takes part in Japan-U.S. bilateral training

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The B-1B Lancer, flew a 30-hour round-trip sortie from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to the Indo-Pacific where it participated in Japan-U.S. bilateral training. The bilateral training contributed to enhancing the Japan-U.S. joint response capabilities and improving tactical skills, according to a statement issued Thursday by Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). The bomber flew […]

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