JSDF

First Japanese V-22 Osprey deployed amidst controversy

Japan becomes the first foreign operator of the U.S.-made tiltrotor aircraft, a move anticipated for almost a decade, despite the objections by local citizens and government. Two Ospreys arrived at the joint U.S.-Japanese base at Kisarazu, fifteen remain on the waiting list....


Japan calls off crashed F-35A search, rest of fleet grounded

Japan ended its search for the pilot's body and the wreck of the F-35 fighter jet that fell to sea on April 9, 2019....


Northrop Grumman delivers first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to Japan

The U.S.-based aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman announced on May 31, 2019, that the first Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye of an order of four had been delivered to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)....


Crash of Japanese F-35A confirmed, pilot missing

UPDATED: The crash of an F-35A stealth fighter jet of the Japan Self Defense Forces during a training flight on April 9, 2019, was confirmed....


Did Japan drop its X-2 Shinshin fighter program?

The Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) is currently considering acquiring 100 additional F-35s from the United States for a total of $8.8 billion. They would join the 42 planes already ordered. But what happened to the Japanese F-3?...