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(As at February 1, 2017)

ch-47j pairDrafted in from Kisarazu Army Camp, a pair of 106th Sqn CH-47J Chinook heavy-lift helicopters pass each other as they fly members of the public along the runway at Tachikawa.

JGSDF AH-64DA JGSDF ground crew member moves to finish positioning the chocks around the wheels of a Fuji-Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow at Camp Kita-Utsunomiya in May 2013. Primarily for reasons of 
cost and delivery time span, Japan halted the type’s licence production at the 13th airframe.

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unless otherwise stated.) 

GROUND STAFF OFFICE (Ichigaya, Tokyo)

Northern Region Army (HQ: Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture)

Northern Region
Aviation Group
(Okadama, Hokkaido)

Northern Region Air Sqn LR-2

Northern Region
Helicopter Sqn
(Okadama, Hokkaido)

HQ Flt OH-6D
1st Flt UH-1J
2nd Flt

1st Anti-Tank Helicopter Sqn
(Obihiro, Hokkaido)

HQ Flt OH-1
1st Flt AH-1S
2nd Flt
 
Units attached to JGSDF Brigades/Divisions
2nd Div. (Asahikawa) 2nd AvSqn Asahikawa, Hokkaido UH-1J
(7th) UH-1J,
OH-6D
5th Brigade (Obihiro) 5th AvSqn Obihiro, Hokkaido
7th Div. (Higashi-Chitose) 7th AvSqn Okadama, Hokkaido
11th Brigade (Makonai) 11th AvSqn

jgsdf ah-1s winterA pair of 1st Anti-Tank Helicopter Squadron AH-1S helicopters take part in a winter training exercise.
(Photo: JGSDF)

 uh-1j snowA Fuji-Bell UH-1J assigned to a Northern Region Army division causes a mini snowstorm close to a
tank column.
(Photo: JGSDF)

OH-6D RikuzentakataAn OH-6D from the Northern Region Helicopter Squadron hovers over the scene of devastation in
Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on April 12, 2011. The building on the left was the pharmacy 
near the station in the city that suffered the most catastrophic damage of any of those affected
by the March 11 tsunami. Like its sister services, the JGSDF plays a vital role as a first
responder and in ongoing rescue operations at times of natural disasters.
(Photo: Japan Ministry of Defense via Wikimedia Commons)

Northeastern Region Army (HQ: Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture)

Northeastern Region
Aviation Group
(Kasuminome, Miyagi)

Northeastern Region
Helicopter Sqn
(Kasuminome, Miyagi)

HQ Flt OH-6D
1st Flt UH-1J
2nd Flt

2nd Anti-Tank Helicopter Sqn
(Hachinohe, Aomori)

HQ Flt OH-1
1st Flt AH-1S
2nd Flt
 
Units attached to JGSDF Divisions
6th Div. (Jinmachi) 6th AvSqn Jinmachi, Yamagata UH-1J. OH-6D
9th Div. (Aomori) 9th AvSqn Aomori, Aomori UH-1J, OH-6D

OH-1 KasumigauraAlthough still bearing the Hachinohe-based 2nd Anti-Tank Helicopter Sqn’s “IIATH” code aft of its cockpit, this OH-1 was being operated at the Kasumigaura Aviation School, Ibaraki Prefecture,
in May 2014. Note the airliner, presumably departing from Ibaraki Airport, being
pointed out by the tail aerial.

Eastern Region Army (HQ: Asaka, Saitama Prefecture)
Eastern Region
Aviation Group
(Tachikawa, Tokyo)

Eastern Region
Helicopter Sqn
(Tachikawa, Tokyo)

HQ Flt OH-1
1st Flt

UH-1H/J

2nd Flt

4th Anti-Tank
Helicopter Sqn
(Kisarazu, Chiba)

HQ Flt OH-1
1st Flt AH-1S
2nd Flt
 
Units attached to JGSDF Brigades/Divisions
1st Div. (Nerima) 1st AvSqn Tachikawa, Tokyo UH-1J, OH-6D
12th Brigade
(Somagahara)
12th AvSqn Somagahara, Gunma
(1st Flt at Kita-Utsunomiya,
Tochigi)
HQ Flt OH-6D
1st Flt UH-60JA
2nd Flt CH-47J/JA

EH uh-1jAircraft assigned to the Eastern Region Helicopter Squadron’s 1st Flight have a white “V” nose marking and a single white fuselage stripe.

tachikawa ah-1
(Above) A Fuji-built AH-1S Cobra from the 4th Anti-Tank Helicopter Sqn at Kisarazu Army Camp. (Below) An aircraft from the same unit has its engine changed by Eastern Army Aviation flight maintenance personnel at Tachikawa.

ah-1s engine change

oh-1 tachikawaA ground crew member waves as a Kawasaki OH-1 assigned to the Eastern Region Helicopter Squadron’s HQ Flight inches airborne at Tachikawa Army Camp.

uh-1j tachikawa
The marking on the nose and main fuselage door of the Fuji-Bell UH-1J
(above) and the tail of the Kawasaki-Hughes OH-6D (below) denotes that both aircraft are from the
Tachikawa-based 1st Division’s 1st Aviation Squadron.

oh-6d 
The following three photos show a Mitsubishi-built UH-60JA stripped down in the maintenance hangar at Kita-Utsunomiya; the tail marking identifies the aircraft as belonging to the
1st Flight of the 12th Aviation Squadron.

stripped-down uh-60j
stripped-down uh-60ja(2)
stripped-down uh-60ja (3)
uh-60ja kisarazuThe JGSDF was set to receive its 39th UH-60JA early in 2016.

Central Region Army (HQ: Itami, Hyogo Prefecture)

Central Region
Aviation Group
(Yao, Osaka)

Central Region Helicopter Sqn
(Yao, Osaka)

HQ Flt OH-1
1st Flt UH-1J
2nd Flt

5th Anti-Tank Helicopter Sqn
(Akeno, Mie)

HQ Flt OH-1
1st Flt AH-1S
2nd Flt
 
Units attached to JGSDF Brigades/Divisions
3rd Div. (Senzo) 3rd AvSqn Yao, Osaka UH-1J, OH-6D
10th Div. (Moriyama) 10th AvSqn Akeno, Mie
13th Brigade (Kaitaichi) 13th AvSqn Hofu, Yamaguchi
14th Brigade (Zentsuji) 14th AvSqn Kita-Tokushima, Tokushima

 

Western Region Army (HQ: Kengun, Kumamoto Prefecture)

Western Region
Aviation Group
(Takayubaru, Kumamoto)

Western Region Air Sqn* LR-2

Western Region
Helicopter Sqn
(Metabaru, Saga)

HQ Flt OH-6D
1st Flt UH-60JA
2nd Flt UH-1J
3rd Flt* CH-47J/JA

3rd Anti-Tank Helicopter Sqn
(Metabaru, Saga)

HQ Flt OH-1
1st Flt AH-1S,
AH-64D
2nd Flt
 
Units attached to JGSDF Brigades/Divisions
4th Div. (Kasuga) 4th AvSqn Metabaru, Saga UH-1J, OH-6D
8th Div. (Kita-Kumamoto) 8th AvSqn Takayubaru, Kumamoto
15th Brigade (Naha) 15th Helicopter Sqn Naha, Okinawa

HQ Flt: LR-2
1st Flt: UH-60JA
2nd Flt: CH-47JA

(*) Based at Takayubaru, Kumamoto

jgsdf uh-1jWhile implementing extensive mission and command structure changes under its latest defence plan, the JGSDF selected the Bell 412EPI for its UH-X requirement to replace the UH-1J workhorse utility helicopter (above)(Photo: JGSDF) 

Central Readiness Force (HQ: Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture)

1st Helicopter Brigade
(Kisarazu, Chiba)

1st Transport
Helicopter Group
103rd Sqn CH-47J/JA
104th Sqn
105th Sqn
106th Sqn
102nd Sqn UH-60JA, OH-6D
Special Transport Helicopter Sqn EC225LP
Liaison/Reconnaissance Flight LR-2

 ch-47grassA hovering Kawasaki-built CH-47JA from the Kisarazu-based 1st Transport Helicopter Group
kicks up a grass storm. 

jgsdf ec225lp
(Above and below) Two of the three Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC225LPs operated by the Special Transport Helicopter Squadron.

ec225
IHB oh-6d
A ground crew team manhandles an OH-6D in front of the hangars at Kisarazu. The aircraft is from the 1st Helicopter Brigade’s 102nd Sqn.  

Aviation Schools (HQ: Akeno, Mie Prefecture)
Main Aviation School Akeno AH-1S, AH-64D, CH-47JA, OH-1, TH-480B, UH-1J, UH-60JA
Branch Aviation Schools Kasumigaura, Ibaraki AH-1S, AH-64D, CH-47J, OH-1, UH-1J, UH-60JA
Kita-Utsunomiya, Tochigi TH-480B, UH-1J
Training Support Flights Akeno AH-1S, AH-64D, CH-47J/JA, OH-1, UH-1J, UH-60JA
Takigahara, Shizuoka UH-1J

akeno ch-47jaA CH-47JA assigned to the Training Support Flight at Akeno, Mie Prefecture. (Photo: JGSDF)

CH-47J Kasumigaura
Two aircraft assigned to the branch Aviation School at Kasumigaura, Ibaraki Prefecture: an early-model CH-47J  (above), with the school’s “SK” identification code visible aft of the cockpit,
and an AH-64D Apache Longbow (below).

Kasumigaura AH-64D

utsulr-2
The Raytheon (Beechcraft) LR-2 assigned to the branch of the JGSDF Aviation School at
Kita-Utsunomiya speeds in to land, while one of the based Fuji-Bell UH-1Js
(below) stands at ease.
 utsuuh-1h

Research Headquarters (HQ: Asaka, Saitama Prefecture)
Development and Experimental Group Fuji, Shizuoka
Experimental Flying Unit Akeno, Mie OH-1

th-480The latest type to be added to the JGSDF’s inventory is the Enstrom TH-480B training helicopter, 26 of which were in service by mid-January 2015. Interestingly, Enstrom was acquired by China’s Chongqing Helicopter Investment Corporation in January 2013.

th-480wave 
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Notices

Announcements

JASDF
2017 Airshow Dates
Mar. 5  Komaki
Apr. 2  Kumagaya

JASDF Hofu-Kita

May 21  Hofu-Kita
May 21  Shizuhama

Miho poster 2017

May 28  Miho
July 23  Chitose
Aug. 27  Matsushima
Sept. 10  Misawa
Sept.*  Komatsu
Oct. 15  Hamamatsu
Oct. 29  Hyakuri
  (SDF Review)
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 19  Gifu
Nov. 25  Kasuga
Nov. 26  Tsuiki
Dec. 3  Nyutabaru
Dec. 9-10  Naha

2018 Airshow Dates
Feb. 18  Ashiya
Mar. 3  Komaki
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. *  Hyakuri

JGSDF
2017 Airshow Dates

Kisarazu 170225

Feb. 25  Kisarazu

Metabaru 2017

Apr. 1  Metabaru
(Cherry Blossom
    Festival on Apr. 2)

Somagahara 170408

Apr. 8  Somagahara
Apr. 9  Takayubaru

Apr. 16  Kasuminome
   (60th anniversary)

Utsunomiya 170416

Apr. 16  Utsunomiya
   (67th anniversary
   with parade/flypast)
May 21  Kasumigaura
   (64th anniversary)
May 28
    Kita-Utsunomiya
   (44th anniversary)
June 25  Okadama
Sept. 2  Obihiro

Kisarazu poster 2017

Sept. 10  Kisarazu
Oct. 15  Yao
Nov. 4  Akeno
Nov. 19  Naha
Nov. 23  Tachikawa

2018 Airshow Dates
Jan. 7  Kisarazu
Jan. 14  Narashino 

JMSDF
2017 Airshow Dates
Apr. 29  NAF Atsugi
Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
May 21  Omura
June 10  Ohminato
July 16 Komatsushima

Ozuki event July 2017

July 23  Ozuki
  (Children’s event)
July 29  Maizuru
July 29  Tateyama
Sept. 24  Hachinohe
Sept.*  Shimofusa
Sept.*  Tokushima
Oct.*  Ozuki
  (“Swell Festival”)

(*) Date to be confirmed

(Please note that air show dates are subject to change/cancellation.)

Ozuki poster 2016

Ozuki 2016 poster

Links

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graphers
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