Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force and the Italian Air Force will hold their first joint fighter jet drills until the 10th of this month, using Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa Prefecture in central Honshu as a base.
According to Kyodo News, the bilateral drills were scheduled to begin on the 2nd, but were pushed back as Typhoon No. 6 “Kanun” approached Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan, and Italian F-35A stealth fighters arrived at the Komatsu base yesterday (4th) afternoon.
The exercise involves four Italian F-35A fighter jets and four Japanese F-15 fighter jets, as well as KC-767 aerial refueling aircraft from both countries.
The Italian Air Force has also dispatched early warning aircraft and about 160 troops to Japan for the exercise.
Regarding the drills, Kyodo News reported that Japan’s Defense Ministry is stepping up cooperation with other countries in light of China’s vigorous military activities.
The JASDF has held a series of joint fighter jet exercises with Germany, India, 카지노사이트넷 and France since last year.
The JASDF will also hold joint exercises with the Royal Australian Air Force at its Komatsu base and elsewhere from the 23rd of this month to the 15th of next month.