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Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Japan Air Self-Defense Force
KOKU JIEITAI/Koku Bakuryoukanbu
When an anniversary is taking place, the Japanese forces are renowned for applying extra markings on their aircraft, the airshow at Naha in December 2015 was no exception. This time the theme was the establishment of 9 Kokudan (Air Wing)
Photo: Naha 13 December 2015,
Reinier Schreurs
Akita (RJSK)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 39°36'56"N 140°13'07"E
Elev: 313 ft
Command Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Akita Kyunantai
Akita Air Rescue Squadron
UH-60J
U-125A

This Akita U-125A is performing the SAR demo at Nyutabaru. The first rescue variant of the U-125, the successor for the Mitsubishi MU-2,was delivered in 1995 and low rate deliveries continue to date and 28 had been delivered by early 2015.
Photo: Nyutabaru, 5 December 2015,
Internet
The unit or base name is given on the white sticker below the Koku Kyunandan badge.
Photo: Internet
The UH-60J in the blue colours unfortunately lack the exact unit or base name below the Koku Kyunandan badge on the cabin doors, therefore not all units in the database will be correct. A visiting UH-60 tends to go in the books as belonging to the local SAR-unit.
Photo: Hamamatsu 9 April 2010, Hans Rolink
Ashiya (RJFA)
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 33°52'59"N 130°39'10"E
Elev: 98 ft
Command Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command
13 Hiko Kyoikudan
13 Flying Training Wing


1 Hikotai T-4


2 Hikotai T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Ashiya Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
13 Hiko Kyoikudan has two Hikotai, however no distinctive markings.

Although shown here in the special 60th anniversary of the JASDF scheme, it is an example to show how the normal red/white colours of 13 Hiko Kyoikudan look like, tail would be red with the blue badge.
Photo: Naha 14 December 2014, Reinier Schreurs
Chitose (RJCJ)
Rwy: 18L/36R, 18R/36L
Pos: 42°47'40"N 141°39'59"E
Elev: 89 ft
Command Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Hokubu Koku Homentai
Northern Air Defence Force

2 Kokudan


201 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4


203 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Chitose Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command
Tokubetsu Koku Yusodai
Special Airlift Group


701 Hikotai B777-300ER
Both B747s are sold and will be parted out.

T-4 201 Hikotai
Photo: Hyakuri, 21 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
One of 203 Hikotai's F-15DJs seen landing at Chitose in typical autumn sky and backdrop.
Photo: Chitose, 28 October 2014,
Jochem Manders
Fukuoka (RJFF)
Kasuga
Rwy: 16/34
Pos: 33°35'12"N 130°27'01"E
Elev: 32ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Seibu Koku Homentai
Western Air Defence Force


Seibu Koku Homentai Shireibu Shien Hikotai
W-ADF HQ Support Squadron
T-4
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Kasuga Herikoputa Kuuyutai
Kasuga Heli Airlift Squadron
CH-47J

The JASDF Air Defence Command or Koku Sotai has divided its airspace geographically into four regions, each one parented by its own Air Defence Force HQ. The Western Air Defence Force Headquarter is located at Kasuga and its HQ Support Flight is at nearby Fukuoka Airport. As many as four T-4s are on strength, so hardly worth a visit by itself, however the military part also hosts a Heli Airlift Squadron with some CH-47Js.
Photo: Tsuiki 13 November 2008, Remco Broersma
Besides dedicated rescue helicopters and aircraft the Koku Kyunandan also operates sixteen CH-47J Chinook helicopters. The helos are co-based with the four Air Defence Headquarters Support units at Misawa, Iruma, Kasuga and Naha and provide the JASDF with a VTOL transport capability.
Photo: Naha 21 October 2012, Reinier Schreurs
Gifu (RJNG)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 35°23'39"N 136°52'08"E
Elev: 128 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kaihatsu Jikken Shudan
Air Development and Test Command


Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken Dan C-1/C-1FTB
(X)C-2
F-2A/B
F-4EJ/EJ Kai
F-15J/DJ
T-4
T-7
Overhaul facilities
Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Kawasaki Gifu Overhaul on:
C-1
C-130H
E-2C
CH-47J
T-4

C-1FTB Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken Dan
Photo: Gifu, 9 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
F-4EJ Kai Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken Dan
Photo: Gifu, 9 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
Hamamatsu (RJNH)
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 34°44'58"N 137°42'10"E
Elev: 150 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command
1 Kokudan

31 Kyoiku Hikotai T-4


32 Kyoiku Hikotai T-4
Hiko Kyoiku Kokutai
Air Training Group


1 Jyutsuka Gakko
1st Technical School
Temporary instructional aircraft:
F-2A/B
F-15J
T-4
T-7
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Keikai Kokudan
Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing


602 Hikotai E-767
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Hamamatsu Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A


Keikai Kokutai was upgraded to wing-status as Keikai Kokudan on 26 March 2020.

A pair of 1 Kokudan T-4s landing at homebase Hamamatsu. These examples are on strength of 31 Kyoiku Hikotai, as indicated by the blue line under the black/yellow checkers.
Photo: Hamamatsu 20 November 2008, Marcel J. van Bielder
Hofu (RJOF)
Rwy: 01/19, 12/30
Pos: 34°02'04"N 131°32'47"E
Elev: 7 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command
12 Hiko Kyoikudan
12 Flying Training Wing


1 Hikotai T-7


2 Hikotai T-7
12 Hiko Kyoikudan has two Hikotai, however no distinctive markings.

T-7 12 Hiko Kyoikudan
Photo: Hofu, 13 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
Hyakuri (RJAH)
Ibaraki Airport
Rwy: 03L/21R, 03R/21L
Pos: 36°10'54"N 140°24'53"E
Elev: 107 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Chubu Koku Homentai
Central Air Defence Force

7 Kokudan


3 Hikotai F-2A
F-2B
T-4


301 Hikotai F-4EJ Kai
T-4
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Hyakuri Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
3 Hikotai's move to Hyakuri started on 15 January 2020 and officialy became part of 7 Kokudan on 26 March 2020.
501 Hikotai was disbanded on 26 March 2020.
301 Hikotai will move to Misawa in FY2020 to become the 2nd F-35A unit.

F-2B 3 Hikotai
Photo: Misawa, 6 April 2009, Hans Rolink
An F-4EJ Kai Phantom of 301 Hikotai starting up for its return flight to its former home base Nyutabaru after attending the air show at Naha.
Photo: Naha 21 October 2012, Reinier Schreurs
Iruma (RJTJ)
Rwy: 17/36
Pos: 35°50'30"N 139°24'36"E
Elev: 299 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command
2 Yuso Kokutai

402 Hikotai C-1
U-4
Tokubetsu Koku Yusodai
Special Airlift Group


Hiko Tenkentai
Flight Check Squadron
YS-11FC (wfu FY2020)
U-125
U-680A
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Chubu Koku Homentai
Central Air Defence Force


Shireibu Hikotai
Headquarter Squadron
T-4
U-4
Koku Senjyutsu Kyododan
Tactical Air Training Command

Denshi Sakusengun
Electric Warfare Operation Group


Denshisen Shientai
EC-1
YS-11EA


Denshi Hiko Sokuteitai
YS-11EB
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Iruma Herikoputa Kuuyutai CH-47J


Koku Senjyutsu Kyododan = Tactical Air Training Command

Thirtyone locally developed Kawasaki C-1s were delivered to the JASDF between 1971 and 1981. Once serving three squadrons being 401 Hikotai at Komaki, 402 Hikotai at Iruma and 403 Hikotai at Miho, the type is now only in transport use with 402 Hikotai and numbers are rapidly dwindling.
Photo: Nyutabaru, Marcel J. van Bielder
YS-11 Hiko Tenkentai
Photo: Atsugi, 19 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
Kanazawa/Komatsu (RJNK)
Rwy: 06/24
Pos: 36°23'38"N 136°24'27"E
Elev: 22ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Chubu Koku Homentai
Central Air Defence Force

6 Kokudan


303 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4


306 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Senjyutsu Kyododan
Tactical Air Training Command


Hiko Kyodogun
Aggressor Group
F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Komatsu Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A

F-15J 303 Hikotai
Photo: Komatsu, 16 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
F-15J 306 Hikotai
Photo: Komatsu, 1 November 2009, Dietmar Fenners
T-4 306 Hikotai
Photo: Komatsu, 16 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
The aggressors moved from Nyutabaru to Komatsu on 6 June 2016. Normally five or six Eagles are seen active, the remainder on some sort of maintenance.
Photo: Nyutabaru, Marcel J. van Bielder
Matsushima (RJST)
Rwy: 07/25, 15/33
Pos: 38°24'19"N 141°13'07"E
Elev: 7 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command
4 Kokudan

11 Hikotai (Blue Impulse) T-4


21 Hikotai F-2B
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Matsushima Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A

Miho (RJOH)
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 35°29'32"N 133°14'11"E
Elev: 20 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command
3 Yuso Kokutai

403 Hikotai C-2


41 Kyoiku Hikotai T-400
41 Kyoiku Hikotai will move to Hamamatsu in FY2021 when the KC-46A unit will be established at Miho.

T-400 41 Kyoiku Hikotai
Photo: Miho, 15 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
Misawa (RJSM)
NAF
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 40°42'11"N 141°22'06"E
Elev: 119 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Hokubu Koku Homentai
Northern Air Defence Force


Hokubu Shien Hikohan
Northern HQ Support Flight
T-4
Hokubu Koku Homentai
Northern Air Defence Force

3 Kokudan


302 Hikotai F-35A
T-4
Keikai Kokudan
Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

Hiko Keikai Kanshigun
Air Warning Surveillance Group


601 Hikotai E-2C
E-2D
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Misawa Herikoputa Kuuyutai CH-47J
Rinji F-35A Hikotai was disbanded/renamed 302 Hikotai on 26 March 2019.
3 Hikotai's move to Hyakuri started on 15 January 2020.
Keikai Kokutai was upgraded to wing-status as Keikai Kokudan on 26 March 2020.

T-4 Hokubu Shien Hikohan
Photo: Misawa, 6 April 2009, Menno Teunisse
From 1983 till 1998 the E-2C Hawkeye was the sole AEW platform in the JASDF. Thirteen aircraft were ordered between 1983 and 1994 initially serving the 601 Hikotai at Misawa before the unit was redesignated into the Hiko Keikai Kanshitai on 31 March 2005. The type has been augmented by four E-767s which entered service in 1998 and 1999 and are based at Hamamatsu. Another unit re-designation occured on 20 April 2014 when the Misawa unit was upgraded to group status with two sub-ordinate units, 601 Hikotai at Misawa and 603 Hikotai at Naha.
Photo: Marcel J. van Bielder
The first five F-35As, of which four were produced in the USA at Ft.Worth (TX), operated from Luke AFB (AZ) with Det.2 of 944th OG to train Japanese pilots and groundcrew. All were flown to Japan.
Photo: Luke AFB (AZ), 7 March 2017, Frits Jongerman
Nagoya (RJNA)
Komaki AB
Rwy: 16/34
Pos: 35°15'18"N 136°55'28"E
Elev: 46 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command
1 Yuso Kokutai

401 Hikotai C-130H


404 Hikotai KC-767
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Kyunan Kyoikutai
Rescue Training Squadron
UH-60J
U-125A
Overhaul facilities
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Komaki Overhaul on:
F-2A/B
F-15J/DJ
UH-60J

C-130H 401 Hikotai
Photo: Atsugi, 8 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
Naha (ROAH)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 26°11'45"N 127°38'45"E
Elev: 12 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Nansei Koku Homentai
South West Air Defence Force

9 Kokudan


Nansei Shien Hikohan
SW HQ Support Flight
T-4


204 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4


304 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Keikai Kokudan
Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

Hiko Keikai Kanshigun
Air Warning Surveillance Group


603 Hikotai E-2C
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Naha Herikoputa Kuuyutai CH-47J


Naha Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
9 Kokudan badges are toned down.
Keikai Kokutai was upgraded to wing-status as Keikai Kokudan on 26 March 2020.

The South West Air Defence Force has its own HQ Support Flight. One of its T-4s is seen here starting up the engines with the flight-crew keeping the hands in the air to ensure the safety of the ground-crew. Note this T-4 is now flying with 204 Hikotai.
Photo: Naha 23 January 2011,
Reinier Schreurs
Naha offers a great mix of civil and military traffic. A 204 Hikotai dual F-15DJ taxies in after performing a demo between civil operations. Normal complement for a Hikotai is two or three duals, exceptions being the Eagle units at Nyutabaru.
Photo: Naha,
23 January 2011,
Reinier Schreurs
A pair of 204 Hikotai T-4s departing Naha to begin their demo.
Photo: Naha 13 December 2015,
Reinier Schreurs
This 304 Hikotai Eagle is captured at the quay of its former base Tsuiki. The unit moved to Naha in January 2016 and joined 9 Kokudan. All three unit-badges of the Wing's units are toned-down, and therefore hard to recognise from a distance.
Photo: Tsuiki 29 October 2009, Tony Roper
603 Hikotai officially has its own squadron badge, however as the aircraft are rotated frequently with the Misawa unit, only the Group badge is carried.
Photo: Naha,
Roy Colbers
The Naha SAR unit operates a couple of UH-60Js able to be fitted with a refuelling boom.
Photo: Naha, 14 December 2014,
Reinier Schreurs
Niigata (RJSN)
Rwy: 04/22, 10/28
Pos: 37°57'20"N 139°06'42"E
Elev: 29 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Niigata Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A

Nyutabaru (RJFN)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 32°05'01"N 131°27'06"E
Elev: 259 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Seibu Koku Homentai
Western Air Defence Force

5 Kokudan


305 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing


Nyutabaru Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command
Hiko Kyoiku Kokutai
Air Training Group


23 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4

Beside the obvious exceptions, being the training units, normally a hikotai has three T-4s for liaison duties.
Photo: Hyakuri, Marcel J. van Bielder
Tsuiki (RJFZ)
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 33°41'06"N 131°02'25"E
Elev: 55 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command
Seibu Koku Homentai
Western Air Defence Force

8 Kokudan


6 Hikotai F-2A
F-2B
T-4


8 Hikotai F-2A
F-2B
T-4

Probably the most famous photo spot at Tsuiki, the quay, where this 6 Hikotai F-2A was captured. 6 Hikotai was the second frontline unit to transition to the F-2, unfortunately withdrawing the Mitsubishi F-1/T-2. In adverse weather conditions, getting the serials of the F-2 can be quite challenging.
Photo: Tsuiki 29 October 2009, Tony Roper
8 Hikotai took up residence at Tsuiki during July/August 2016 after almost fourty years Misawa as home-base.
Photo: Misawa, 6 April 2009, Menno Teunisse
Utsunomiya (RJTU)
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 36°30'52"N 139°52'15"E
Elev: 334 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Overhaul facilities
Fuji Heavy Industries

Fuji Utsunomiya Overhaul on:
T-7
U-125
U-125A

U-125 Hiko Tenkentai
Photo: Kanoya, 11 April 2010, Menno Teunisse
Yaizu/Shizuhama (RJNY)
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 34°48'46"N 138°17'53"E
Elev: 23 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command
11 Hiko Kyoikudan
11 Flying Training Wing


1 Hikotai T-7


2 Hikotai T-7
11 Hiko Kyoikudan has two Hikotai however no distinctive markings. The practise of aircraft having either red or blue tail stripes, indicating which of the two maintenance squads is responsible for a particular aircraft seems to have been terminated.

11 Hiko Kyoikudan or Flying Training Wing was the last unit to fly with the T-3, the predecessor of the T-7,in the training role. Some T-3s kept on flying at Gifu till April 2007.
Photo: Shizuhama 20 November 2008, Joost de Bruin
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