SDF scrambles in FY2018 2nd highest on record
Japan's Defense Ministry says the number of times Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets were scrambled in fiscal 2018 was the second-highest on record.
The ministry says that in the year that ended in March ASDF jets were scrambled 999 times against unidentified aircraft approaching Japan's airspace. That's an increase of 11 percent from fiscal 2017.
638 scrambles, or 64 percent of the total, were against Chinese aircraft. The number against Russian aircraft was the second-highest at 343, or 34 percent of the total.
OTOH, there were no recorded Indian interception of chini manned aircraft in 2018 nor 2017 nor 2016 ... nor ever for as far as I could tell.
1) Geographically impossible; can't place large numbers in the ratified air of Tibet. They had 11 planes in Tibet during Doklam and then had a major buildup afterward ... to 32,
2) Geopolitically impossible; can't place major formation on the western border when 90% of their critical human, industrial and strategic assets are along a narrow strip of the coast facing some of the most advanced militaries on earth in the US, Japan and their allies,
3) Afraid of Bharati power; Cheen is no dragon but a chicken. While we cannot expect to see hundreds of PLAAF aircraft like Japan, why not a J-11 or J-10 here and there? There are none, year after year. Which is a signal telling us that they do not want to engage with our planes at all, that they do not want to fight by not flying anything in our area. Sounds like dhoti shaking me -- were chinis wearing dhotis.
IMHO, we should use the Chini rivalry as a challenge to build our MIC. We should develop more homegrown systems like the Tejas and its variants (NLCA and MWF) and buy them in huge numbers just as the PRC do the J-10 and other indigenous designs.
But using the "two front" war to buy more phoren gear like the Rafale is complete bull manure when the chinis cannot constitute a proper front.