Number of ASDF scrambles hits record high
NHK -- Feb 16
Japanese Defense Ministry sources say Air Self-Defense Force jets have been scrambled a record number of times over the past 10 months.

Ministry officials say the number of scrambles topped 1,000 from last April through January, and the number is still rising. That's higher than the Cold War record of 944 in 1984. This fiscal year's figure has already exceeded that with 2 months remaining.

Scrambles against Chinese jets stood out, accounting for 73 percent of all cases from April to December. Scrambles against Russian jets came in a distant second, with 26 percent of the total.

The number of Chinese jets that have threatened Japanese skies at one time has also increased. More than 10 ASDF jets had to be scrambled in one incident.

去年4月以降の自衛隊機の緊急発進が1000回を超え、年間の過去最多を更新したことが分かりました。 自衛隊機の緊急発進は、東西冷戦時代に記録した944回がこれまでの最多でした。しかし、2016年度は先月末までにすでに1000回を超えたことが関係者への取材で分かりました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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