Ahead of the deployment of the Italian Air Force F-35s to Komatsu, the JASDF has unveiled an F-15J with special markings that celebrate the Centennial of the Aeronautica Militare.
On Aug. 3, 2023, the JASDF has officially rolled out the F-15J the service has prepared to welcome the Italian Air Force F-35s deploying for the first time to Japan for joint training. In fact, as already reported, four F-35As with the 32° Stormo (Wing) from Amendola Air Base and 6° Stormo from Ghedi Air Base, accompanied by three KC-767 tankers and one G550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) aircraft of the 14th Wing from Pratica di Mare, and a C-130J from the 46^ Brigata Aerea (Air Brigade) from Pisa, are currently on their way to Komatsu Air Base.
From Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2023, the Italian Lightning II jets will conduct bilateral training with the local based F-15s of the 9th Air Wing, that will also be supported by the KC-767 tankers of the 1st Tactical Airlift Group.
The purpose of the joint training is to improve tactical skills and promote mutual understanding, and further deepen defense cooperation to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”. The exercise will also be the opportunity for the two air forces to share their experiences, considered the commonality in the fleets of the ItAF and JASDF: both are F-35 operators (and plan to operate a mixed fleet of A and B models) and both operate the Boeing KC-767 tankers.
To celebrate the first trip of an Italian contingent with tactical aircraft since the service was established in 1923, the JASDF has prepared an F-15J in special color scheme, that was presented by the Twitter account of Komatsu Air Base on their official account.
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