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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
RIKUJO JIEITAI/Rikujyou Bakuryoukanbu
Japanese muscle at Akeno where this 5th Anti-Tank Helicopterunit Cobra is stationed. 92 AH-1S Cobras have served the JGSDF of which about 80 remain active today. Beside the write offs, a number of Cobras is stored inside the Kanto Depot at Kasumigaura.
Photo: Akeno, 16 April 2009, Hans Rolink
All Japanese Army Divisions and Brigades have their own direct reporting HQ Flight, normally operating two OH-6Ds and three UH-1Js. 10 Hikotai at Akeno is no exception, sharing hangarspace with the co-based test unit. As can be seen, 10 Hikotai has its own badge, unfortunately no nice close-up came our way so it is not included in the OrBat below.
Photo: Akeno, 16 April 2009, Hans Rolink
Akeno (RJOE)
Rwy: 04/22, 13/31
Pos: 34°32'00"N 136°40'20"E
Elev: 20 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Chubu Homentai/Chubu Homen Kokutai
5 Taisensha Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 VATH


1 Hikotai AH-1S VATH


2 Hikotai AH-1S VATH
Chubu Homentai/10 Shidan


10 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
X
Koku Gakko


Akeno (Honko?) AH-1S
OH-1
UH-1J
OH-6D
UH-60JA
AH-64DJP
TH-480
S


Kyoiku Shien Hikotai OH-1
UH-1J
CH-47J/JA
UH-60JA
AH-64DJP
SD
Kenkyu Honbu
Kaihatsu Jikkendan

Hiko Jikkentai OH-1 TE
Chubu Homentai = Central Army
Chubu Homen Kokutai = Central Army Aviation Group
Taisensha Herikoputatai = Anti-Tank Helicopter Squadron
Honbuzukitai = Headquarter Squadron
Shidan = Division
Koku Gakko = Aviation School
Akeno Honko = Main School Akeno
Kyoiku Shien Hikotai = School Support Squadron
Kenkyu Honbu =
Kaihatsu Jikkendan = Developement and Test Brigade
Hiko Jikkentai = Air Test Squadron

The UH-1J on this picture is the third Huey variant in use with the JGSDF. 90 UH-1Bs and 133 UH-1Hs preceded this latest variant which was developed by Fuji Heavy Industries. Production stopped in 2012 after building 130 examples. Of the earlier variants, the UH-1B has completely been retired but of the UH-1H a around twenty remain in use. The UH-1J in the picture is operated by the Koku Gakko at Akeno, indicated by the code S on the cabin door. All training helicopters have the last two or three of the serial in white on nose and fuselage.
Photo: Komaki, 10 October 2009, Michiel Vermeer
The planned successor for the aging Cobra fleet was supposed to be the AH-64, however budget cuts limit the JGSDF to only replace one Anti-Tank Helicopterunit with the locally produced Apache. Ten are active beginning 2012 and the latest two AH-64DJP built are operating with the 3rd Anti-Tank Helicopterunit at Metabaru, the rest flying with test and training units.
Photo: Akeno, 16 April 2009, Hans Rolink
Asahikawa (RJCA)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 43°47'40"N 142°21'54"E
Elev: 377 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Hokubu Homentai/2 Shidan


2 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
II
Hokubu Homentai = Northern Army

Gifu (RJNG)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 35°23'39"N 136°52'08"E
Elev: 128 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Overhaul facilities
Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Kawasaki Gifu Overhaul on:
OH-1
OH-6D
CH-47J/JA

Developed and build by Kawasaki at Gifu, the OH-1 is slowly replacing the OH-6D in the observation role. First operational units to receive the OH-1 were the HQ flights of the Anti-Tank Helicopter squadrons, which was completed in 2011. Now the various HQ flights of the Army Aviation squadrons are replacing their OH-6Ds with this Kawasaki product.
Photo: Hachinohe, 1 September 2007, Mori Masayoshi
Hachinohe (RJSH)
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 40°33'07"N 141°28'02"E
Elev: 152 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Tohoku Homentai/Tohoku Homen Kokutai
2 Taisensha Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 IIATH


1 Hikotai AH-1S IIATH


2 Hikotai AH-1S IIATH
Tohoku Homentai/9 Shidan


9 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
IX
Tohoku Homentai = Northeastern Army
Tohoku Homen Kokutai = Northeastern Army Aviation Group

UH-1J IX
Photo: Hachinohe, 1 September 2007, Mori Masayoshi
OH-6D IX
Photo: Hachinohe, 1 September 2007, Mori Masayoshi
Hofu (RJOF)
Rwy: 01/19, 12/30
Pos: 34°02'04"N 131°32'47"E
Elev: 7 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Chubu Homentai/13 Ryodan


13 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
XIII
Ryodan = Brigade

OH-6D XIII
Photo: Hofu, 15 April 2009, Hans Rolink
Kasumigaura (RJAK)
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 36°02'05"N 140°11'34"E
Elev: 85 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Koku Gakko


Kasumigaura Kou AH-1S
OH-1
UH-1J
OH-6D
CH-47J/JA
UH-60JA
AH-64DJP
SK
Storage facility


Kanto Depot Various surplus JGSDF aircraft and helicopters.
Kou = School

Kasuminome (RJSU)
Rwy: 14/32
Pos: 38°14'08"N 140°55'23"E
Elev: 23 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Tohoku Homentai/Tohoku Homen Kokutai


Honbuzukitai No aircraft assigned NE
Tohoku Homen Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 NEH


1 Hikotai UH-1J NEH


2 Hikotai UH-1J NEH

AH-1S IVATH
Photo: Kisarazu, 4 October 2009, Mori Masayoshi
UH-60JA IHB
Photo: Kisarazu, 4 October 2009, Mori Masayoshi
Kisarazu (RJTK)
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 35°23'54"N 139°54'35"E
Elev: 10 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Tobu Homentai/Tobu Homen Kokutai
4 Taisensha Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 IVATH


1 Hikotai AH-1S IVATH


2 Hikotai AH-1S IVATH
Chuuou Sokuou Shudan/1 Herikoputadan


102 Hikotai OH-6D
UH-60JA
IHB
1 Yuso Herikoputagun

103 Hikotai CH-47J
CH-47JA
HGPIII


104 Hikotai CH-47J
CH-47JA
HGPIV


105 Hikotai CH-47J
CH-47JA
HGPV


106 Hikotai CH-47J
CH-47JA
HGPVI


Tokubetsu Yuso Herikoputatai EC.225LP STH


Renraku Teisatsu Hikotai LR-2 LR
Tobu Homen Kokutai = Eastern Army Aviation Group
Chuuou Sokuou Shudan =
Herikoputadan = Helicopter Brigade

Yuso Herikoputagun = Helicopter Transport Wing

Tokubetsu Yuso Hikotai = Special Air Transport Squadron
Renraku Teisatsu Hikotai = Communication and Recon Squadron

The LR-1 is the army version of the MU-2 which was in use with the Koku Kyunandan. Twenty were acquired by the JGSDF with the first aircraft being delivered in 1967 and the second in 1971. Deliveries continued very slowly throughout the 70's and ten had been delivered by 1979. The aircraft once served with the headquarter flights of the five regional armies as well as the Koku Gakko, the 1 Herikoputadan and the 101 Kokutai at Naha with a UE of two aircraft per unit. The LR-1 is slowly being replaced by the LR-2 with about six remaining in service by 2009. This example is operated by the Renraku Teisatsu Hikotai, as indicated by the LR code.
Photo: Kisarazu, 4 October 2009, Michiel Vermeer
The successor for the KV-107 in the JGSDF is the CH-47J and CH-47JA Chinook. Pictured is a CH-47J of which 34 were delivered from about 1986 onwards until superseded by the CH-47JA. This 104 Hikotai aircraft seen departing to form the annual mass flight pass has the new flying owl badge.
Photo: Kisarazu, 4 October 2009, Mori Masayoshi
CH-47JA production started in the early nineties and deliveries continue to date with more than twenty delivered by early 2009. This Chinook version is equiped with a weather radar nose and the larger side pods. The 'HGPV' indicates that the aircraft on this picture is on strength of 105 Hikotai. The AKAGI badge does have some similarity with the long-nosed goblin head on the 304 Hikotai badge.
Photo: Kisarazu, 4 October 2009, Michiel Vermeer
Three EC-225LPs are operated by the Tokubetsu Yuso Hikotai at Kisarazu. The helicopters replaced the AS-332L in 2007 and are tasked with the transportation of VIPs. The original Super Pumas are now stored in the Kanto Depot at Kasumigaura, awaiting sale.
Photo: Kisarazu, 4 October 2009, Michiel Vermeer
Kumamoto (RJFT)
Takayubaru
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 32°50'14"N 130°51'19"E
Elev: 623 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Seibu Homentai/Seibu Homen Kokutai


Honbuzukitai LR-2 W
Seibu Homen Herikoputatai

3 Hikotai CH-47JA WH
Seibu Homentai/8 Shidan


8 Hikotai OH-6D
UH-60JA
VIII

Home for this Chinook is Takayubaru, part of the civil Kumamoto airport. It belongs to 3 Hikotai of the Seibu Homen Herikoputatai. This unit has three Hikotais, 1 and 2 Hikotai reside at main base Metabaru. 3 Hikotai was the last unit in the JGSDF to operate the KV-107 and replaced it with the CH-47JA. Co-based at the military side is 8 Hikotai, a unit not part of Seibu Homen Herikoputatai as it is the HQ flight of 8 Shidan.
Photo: Kanoya, 11 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
Metabaru (RJDM)
Rwy: 04/22
Pos: 33°19'31"N 130°24'49"E
Elev: 53 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Seibu Homentai/Seibu Homen Kokutai
Seibu Homen Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 WH


1 Hikotai UH-60JA WH


2 Hikotai UH-1J WH
3 Taisensha Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 IIIATH


1 Hikotai AH-1S
AH-64DJP
IIIATH


2 Hikotai AH-1S
AH-64DJP
IIIATH
Seibu Homentai/4 Shidan


4 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
IV
Seibu Homentai = Western Army
Seibu Homen Kokutai = Western Amy Air Group

Miho (RJOH)
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 35°29'32"N 133°14'11"E
Elev: 20 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Chubu Homentai/Chubu Homen Kokutai
Chubu Homen Herikoputatai

3 Hikotai CH-47J MH
Possibly also CH-47JAs will be assigned.

Nagoya (RJNA)
Komaki AB
Rwy: 16/34
Pos: 35°15'18"N 136°55'28"E
Elev: 46 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Overhaul facilities
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Komaki Overhaul on:
UH-60JA

Naha (ROAH)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 26°11'45"N 127°38'45"E
Elev: 12 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Seibu Homentai/15 Ryodan


15 Herikoputatai LR-2
CH-47JA
UH-60JA
XVH

Osaka/Yao (RJOY)
Rwy: 09/27, 13/31
Pos: 34°35'48"N 135°36'02"E
Elev: 33 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Chubu Homentai/Chubu Homen Kokutai


Honbuzukitai No aircraft assigned M
Chubu Homen Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 MH


1 Hikotai UH-1J MH


2 Hikotai UH-1J MH
Chubu Homentai/3 Shidan


3 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
III

Sapporo/Okadama (RJCO)
Rwy: 14/32
Pos: 43°07'03"N 141°22'53"E
Elev: 26 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Hokubu Homentai/Hokubu Homen Kokutai


Honbuzukitai LR-2 N
Hokubu Homen Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 NH


1 Hikotai UH-1J NH


2 Hikotai UH-1J NH
Hokubu Homentai/7 Shidan


7 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
VII
Hokubu Homentai/11 Ryodan


11 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
XI

Soumagahara (RJTS)
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 36°26'05"N 138°57'11"E
Elev: 1306 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Tobu Homentai/12 Ryodan
12 Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-6D XIIH


2 Hikotai CH-47J
CH-47JA
XIIH
Tobu Homentai = Eastern Army

Tachikawa (RJTC)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 35°42'39"N 139°24'11"E
Elev: 313 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Tobu Homentai/Tobu Homen Kokutai


Honbuzukitai No aircraft assigned E
Tobu Homen Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 EH


1 Hikotai UH-1J EH


2 Hikotai UH-1J EH
Tobu Homentai/1 Shidan


1 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
I

Takigahara (RJAT)
Fuji
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 35°19'04"N 138°52'20"E
Elev: 2250ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Koku Gakko


Kyoiku Shien Hikotai Fuji Hikohan Various

Tokachi (RJCT)
Obihiro
Rwy: 13/31
Pos: 42°53'25"N 143°09'30"E
Elev: 281ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Hokubu Homentai/Hokubu Homen Kokutai
1 Taisensha Herikoputatai

Honbuzukitai OH-1 IATH


1 Hikotai AH-1S IATH


2 Hikotai AH-1S IATH
Hokubu Homentai/5 Ryodan


5 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
V
Hukubu Homen Kokutai = Northern Amy Air Group

OH-1 IATH
Photo: Akeno, 16 April 2009, Hans Rolink
Tokushima (RJOS)
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 34°07'56"N 134°36'33"E
Elev: 37ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Chubu Homentai/14 Ryodan


14 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
XIV

Utsunomiya (RJTU)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 36°30'52"N 139°52'15"E
Elev: 334 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Tobu Homentai/12 Ryodan
12 Herikoputatai

1 Hikotai UH-60JA XIIH
Koku Gakko


Utsunomiya Kou UH-1J
TH-480
LR-2
SU
Overhaul facilities
Fuji Heavy Industries

Fuji Utsunomiya Overhaul on:
AH-1S
UH-1J
AH-64DJP

The large white '828' on the cabin door, the last three of its full serial 41828, is indicating a training aircraft, this one operating with Utsunomiya Kou. It seems this unit is no longer applying its black SU code on the fuselage of the Huey.
Photo: Utsunomiya, 7 April 2009, Hans Rolink
Yamagata (RJSC)
Jinmachi
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 38°24'43"N 140°22'16"E
Elev: 345ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Code Badge
Tohoku Homentai/6 Shidan


6 Hikotai UH-1J
OH-6D
VI

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