Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Kōkū Jieitai
JASDF emblem.svg
Emblem of the Air Self-Defense Force
Founded1 July 1954 (1954-07-01)[1]
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size50,324 personnel (2013)[1]
745 aircraft
Part ofJapan Self-Defense Forces
HeadquartersIchigaya, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Motto(s)"Key to Defense, Ready Anytime!"
Websitewww.mod.go.jp/asdf/ Edit this at Wikidata
Commander-in-ChiefPrime Minister Yoshihide Suga
Minister of DefenseNobuo Kishi
Chief of the Joint StaffGeneral Kōji Yamazaki
Chief of the Air StaffGeneral Shunji Izutsu
RoundelRoundel of Japan.svg Roundel of Japan – Low Visibility.svg
FlagFlag of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.svg
Aircraft flown
E-767, EC-1, E-2C/D, YS-11EA/EB
FighterF-15J/DJ, F-2A/B, F-35A/B
HelicopterUH-60J, CH-47J (LR)
TrainerT-3, T-7, T-400, T-4
TransportC-1, C-2, C-130H, Hawker 800, Gulfstream IV, Boeing 777-300ER, YS-11
TankerKC-767, KC-130

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (航空自衛隊, Kōkū Jieitai), JASDF, also informally referred to as the Japanese Air Force,[2] is the air warfare branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, responsible for the defense of Japanese airspace and for other aerospace operations.[3] The JASDF carries out combat air patrols around Japan, while also maintaining a network of ground and air early-warning radar systems. The branch also has an aerobatic team known as Blue Impulse and has provided air transport in UN peacekeeping missions.

The JASDF had an estimated 50,000 personnel as of 2013, and as of 2020 operates about 740 aircraft, approximately 330 of them fighter aircraft.[4]

As early as 2023, the service's name will change to the Japan Air and Space Self-Defense Force in recognition of the increasing importance of the space domain.[5]

  1. ^ a b "What is JASDF?|ORGANIZATION | [JASDF] Japan Air Self-Defense Force". www.mod.go.jp. Archived from the original on 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
  2. ^ Gao, Charlie (19 February 2018). "Japan's Air Force: The Best in Asia?". Archived from the original on 30 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Library of Congress Country Studies website http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/.
  4. ^ "World Air Forces 2014". Archived 2013-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Flightglobal.com
  5. ^ https://www.stimson.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/KeyChallengesInJapansDefensePolicy-March2020-V3-web.pdf