ASDF jets scrambled 160 times against China planes between April, December
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Jan 25
The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets 160 times against Chinese aircraft approaching Japanese airspace in the nine months between April and December, surpassing the record high 156 scrambles made in all of fiscal 2011, the Defense Ministry, which started disclosing such data by country in 2001, said Thursday.
In the nine months, ASDF fighter jets were scrambled 349 times in total, up 14 from the same period in fiscal 2011, the ministry's Joint Staff Office said.
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