Two Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)-operated Boeing F-15J Eagles along with 60 personnel have deployed to the Philippines to undertake exercises with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) between November 27 and December 11.
The exercises – which are being conducted as part of the JASDF-PAF exchange programme – will take place primarily at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, and the surrounding airspace.
The JASDF-PAF exchange programme is aimed at promoting mutual understanding and defence co-operation and exchanges, according to a statement from the Japanese Embassy in Manilla on November 22.
The JASDF and PAF have previously conducted bilateral exercises that focused on humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) operations in July 2021 and in June 2022. These exercises were aimed at improving JASDF and PAF HA/DR capabilities, particularly in the delivery of supplies to people affected by severe emergencies.