Japan’s F-15 fighter jet crashed into the sea on New Year’s Eve

2022-05-14 0 By

On January 24, an F-35C fighter jet on board the US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson crashed into the sea.This is not the first time a regional/national air force equipped with US-made fighter jets has had an accident in January: an F-35A and an F-16V crashed into a bird and crashed into the sea between January 4 and January 11.Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force also crashed an F-15DJ fighter jet on New Year’s Eve.New Year’s eve, air self-defense force F – 15 DJ sudden crash the tiger stripes coating of aircraft on January 31, the evening local time, also is the Chinese New Year’s eve, a Japanese air self-defense force base for komatsu F – 15 DJ fighter disappeared shortly after takeoff in radar on, two pilot lost, including Japanese enemy commander colonel tanaka,The aircraft is also painted in tiger stripes, an imaginary enemy unit often used to simulate Chinese fighters.According to fishing boat workers near the incident, they saw a ball of orange fire while working, speculated that the F-15DJ accident into the sea.Later, ships from the Japanese Security Agency and other departments searched the area where the radar blip disappeared and found a large oil slick, which confirmed that the F-15DJ crashed into the sea.This is not the first time an F-15J has crashed into the sea.In July 2011, Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force also lost an F-15J fighter jet to the sea.Up to now, this batch of F-15J has suffered a series of accidents in recent years due to the aging of the airframe and other reasons: an F-15J fighter jet in Naha Base once lost its airframe parts during takeoff, which led to the emergency closure of the airport runway and the delay and cancellation of a large number of flights.The Komatsu Base is located in Komatsu City, just northwest of the Sea of Japan.Although not an outpost to defend China, it is at least one of the important bases for Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force.According to incomplete statistics, the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force has only deployed F-15J/DJ fighters at four bases: Naha, Shindahara, Komatsu and Chitage.Japan’s Defense Ministry had planned to deploy four F-35A fighters to komatsu by 2025, which was enough to signal the base’s strategic position.The F-15DJ fighter jet is part of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s “Flight Training Group” and is usually tasked with playing the role of an imaginary enemy.The unit often uses F-15J/DJ fighters to simulate China’s Su-27 series of heavy fighters (Su-27, J-11, Su-30).Komatsu base itself is an important base to deal with the operations of the Chinese navy and air force. Every time the PLA and The Russian army carry out regular operations, the base has on duty fighter jets to take off urgently.As a result, the f-15J /DJ fighters at the base are expected to have a faster life expectancy than their counterparts at other units.Accelerated aging of the aircraft, which inevitably leads to f-15J /DJ accidents.The JSDF has a total of 213 F-15J/DJ fighters, minus the crashed F-15DJ, and 47 F-15DJ fighters.Japan began purchasing f-15s from the U.S. military in 1978.Despite several life-extending upgrades, these F-15J/DJ fighters are still a batch of 40-year-old aircraft, and cannot compete in terms of age and other aspects with Chinese heavy fighters, which are generally in mass production and service after the 21st century.Aging causes a lot of problems, and the crash is likely to have occurred because the F-15DJ is nearing its end of life.There are rumors that the crash may have been caused by the pilot’s misoperation of the plane, which crashed into the sea due to dizziness caused by overload after maneuvering.What’s the problem?The f-15J /DJ fighter jets are tired and the quality of Japanese aerospace pilots is degraded, so it is natural that they will fail to compete in the East Sea.Japan has been blaming China for the fact that the Chinese air Force has used up a lot of f-15J /DJ’s life. The photos taken by Japan of the joint flight of Sino-Russian bombers have made Japan nervous every time. With the gradual improvement of the combat capability of The Chinese naval and air forces, the gap between the Chinese and Japanese air forces has been gradually closed.At present, China’s NAVY and Air Force has completely surpassed Japan’s MARITIME Self-Defense Force and air Self-Defense Force in all aspects, which has brought “huge defense pressure” to Japan:China regularly organizes coast guard vessels to patrol the waters off the Diaoyu Islands, and organizes joint fleets with the Russian Navy to sail close to Japan, forcing Japan to keep a large number of warplanes on duty at its bases, often referred to as “imperial photographers.”In July 2020, CNN reported that between March 2020 and March 2021, Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force conducted a total of 947 sorties, most of which were prepared to intercept Chinese air Force fighter jets.Between April 2020 and December 2021, JSDF fighter jets took off and intercepted 785 sorties of Chinese and Russian military aircraft in 270 days, of which Chinese military aircraft accounted for 571, an unprecedented number.It also reflects the fact that the PLA Air Force has intensified its real-combat training, equipped a large number of advanced heavy fighters and H-6K bombers, and organized intensive long-range patrols.Of course, f-15J /DJ fighters had to be scrambled from readiness duty every time a Chinese and Russian fleet approached Japan, and pilots were often on 24-hour alert.Such a situation affects the entire JSDF, which is usually only used to intercept F-15J/DJ fighters.This would completely accelerate the aging of existing F-15J/DJ fighters.As early as 2016, the Japanese Defense Ministry put forward a defense budget request for the next year, and proposed to extend the life and retrofit of all existing F-15J/ DJS of the Air Self-Defense Force.According to a Japanese official statement, this is due to the rapid increase in the number of Fighter jets of the Chinese Air Force and the continuous confrontation over the Diaoyu Islands and the Eastern sea area, which has severely depleted the service life of the F-15J produced in the 1980s.And blame the Chinese Air Force for wasting its life?As early as July 2016, the Ministry of National Defense of China issued its first public response to a Japanese media article written by Kunio Oda, a former air commander of Japan’s Self-Defense Force, about the “first air combat between China and Japan”.It was mentioned that on June 17 of that year, two Su-30 fighter jets of the Chinese Air Force were conducting routine patrols over the east China sea.Two Japanese F-15J fighter jets approached at high speed and even turned on their fire-control radars to illuminate our fighter jets.Our warplanes responded decisively, took tactical maneuvers and other measures, and then the Japanese aircraft dropped infrared jamming bombs to escape.Su-30 and J-16 are clearly a provocation!Naked provocation!Of course, with the increasing strength of China’s naval and air forces, it is no longer a problem to deal with Japanese provocations.As the PLA Air Force is equipped with dual-engine single-seat/two-seat heavy fighters such as Su-30MKK /MK2, J-16, J-11B and even J-20, h-6K and other strategic bombers have conducted a large number of regular patrols over the Sea of Japan and the Western Pacific.Normally, regular patrols are normal, and there is no need for The Japanese side to make a fuss — it is because of Japan’s provocations that the above “continuous confrontation between China and Japan” occurred.In the face of such provocations, The Japanese side did not reflect on its own actions and mistakes, and “blamed” the Chinese air Force for the fact that the F-15J/DJ fighter jet had spent a lot of its aircraft life. What a shame!At this rate, the F-15J/DJ will one day become the third-generation fighter with the highest crash rate of modern times, going the way of the F-104 Starfighter.Overall, it is highly likely that the Japanese crash was caused by the exhaustion of aircraft life and the technical and tactical skills of the pilots.The purchase of F-15J/DJ began in 1978. Even though these aircraft have 10,000 hours of flight life on their books, how much is left over over almost 40 years?It is estimated to have been overspent by the Japanese.Most of the reason for the decline in the life span of fighter jets is their own insecurity, which led to the “continuous confrontation between China and Japan”.Due to various factors, the average age of JSDF officers and soldiers has been rising from 31.8 years in 1990 to 35.6 years in 2011 and 38 years in 2015.The average age of air Self-Defense Force pilots is apparently no exception.These generally aging pilots will inevitably suffer a decline in physical fitness, including physical strength, under the influence of 24-hour combat readiness duty.In this way, the pilots of Japan Air self Defense Force will inevitably have a decline in their technical and tactical level.The combination of the f-15DJ, which ran out of runway, and the JSDF pilots, whose technical and tactical skills are greatly reduced, can create a lot of problems in itself.It is highly likely that the sinking of the F-15DJ fighter jet into the sea is just the beginning.However, we still need to be vigilant: when these old fighters have to retire at the end of their life, what measures will the JSDF use to make up for the current loss of combat capability?Should we buy more F-35As or continue to extend the life of existing F-15J/DJ fighters?