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JASDF F-15 fighters coming to Okinawa

Date Posted: 2007-10-12

An increase in Japan Air Self Defense Force alert scrambles to guard the countryís skies against possible intrusions has prompted the Defense Ministry to post advanced technology F-15 fighter aircraft on Okinawa.

In announcing the decision to transfer nearly two dozen F-15ís from Hyakuri Base in the Tokyo area to Okinawa, the Defense Ministry hinted the moves are designed to strengthen its air defenses against intruders, notably China. Japan, which has territorial conflicts with both China and Taiwan over islands in the East China Sea, notes suspected incursions of Japanese airspace are a concern.

Chinaís increased military spending is considered worrisome, and has prompted Japan to caution its neighbors to be more transparent in military actions. There were 107 suspected air space incursions by China in 2005, and 22 last year. In 2002, officials say there were no intrusions of Japanese airspace.

The F-15ís are to arrive in Okinawa by March 2009, replacing older F-4ís. The aging F-4ís, which are near their projected 20-year service cycle, will go to Hyakuri Base. Theyíll join 18 other F-15ís at Hyakuri Base, charged with defense of Japanís capital city. The U.S. Air Force already has F-15 fighters on Okinawa, stationed at Kadena Air Base.

The government says it also plans to beef up air assets on Kyushu, shifting AH-64D attack helicopters as part of a defense upgrade. Kyushu is mainland Japanís southernmost island.

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