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ASDF conducted second highest number of scrambles in FY2018

  • April 13, 2019
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi and Sankei reported on Saturday morning that the Defense Ministry announced on Friday that the ASDF scrambled fighter jets 999 times in FY2018, second only to FY2016 when 1,168 such flights were conducted. Almost all of the flights were in response to Chinese and Russian planes, with Chinese fighters and other aircraft being targeted 638 times, 138 times more than in the previous year, while Russian planes engaged in intelligence collection and other missions accounted for 343 of the flights, down by 47.

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