PRC no match for Japan's militaryhttp://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials...4/25/2003358172
By Huang Shou-li 黃守禮
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007, Page 8
During Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's (溫家寶) visit to Japan last week, Japanese Minister of Defense Kyuma Fumio criticized China for its rapid increase in military spending and said Japan would respond to any act of military aggression.
Kyuma's attention-getting remark clearly indicated Japan's confidence in its military strength.
During a conversation with Mamoru Sato, a former lieutenant general who commanded the Southwestern Composite Air Division of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, I asked him who would win if war were to break out between Japan and China. His answer was resolute: Japan can annihilate China's air force within one day and destroy its navy within two days.
Based on articles by Japanese military experts Inoue Kazuhiko and Matsumura Tsutoma, I would like to compare Japan's military capabilities with China's.
Japan has 203 F-15Js, a refined F-15K equipped with the most advanced air combat system in the world, and 91 refined F-4EJs and 94 F-2s.
In total, Japan has 388 fighter planes, the second largest air force in the world. Meanwhile, China has 150 Su-27, 120 Su-30 and 60 J-10 -- a total of 330 combat planes.
Like US jet fighter pilots, Japanese pilots must serve a total of 230 flying hours annually. In addition, Japanese airmen usually receive training with US colleagues who have had actual combat experience. Chinese jet fighter pilots receive less than 40 hours of training annually, a far cry from the training of Japanese and US pilots.
In terms of fighter jet engines, US-made engines last for 8,000 hours, Russian-made 1,000 hours, Chinese-made 700 hours.
An F-15J can reach a maximum speed of Mach 2.5, has a battle range of 1,780km and carries four 907kg Joint Direct Attack Munitions, while an F-16 can fly at a maximum speed of Mach 2 and has a battle range of 900km -- narrowly outperformed by Sukhoi fighters.
The F-2 was jointly developed by the US and Japan and is constructed from carbon fiber. It is lightweight and has stronger wings and is overall superior in terms of airworthiness.
In addition, the F-2 is equipped with the same all-around detector and highly sophisticated weapons control radar used in the US navy's Aegis-class destroyers.
In terms of airborne early warning and control aircraft, Japan currently has 13 E-2C aircraft and four E-767s, which is the most advanced of its kind. The US navy still uses the E-707.
The Japanese-made type-90 air-to-air guided missile is very advanced and can make a U-turn if it overshoots the enemy aircraft or submarine.
The US Air Force uses the same missile.
But what about Japan's naval capabilities?
Japan has four US-made Aegis-class destroyers, while the US has 73. Only the US and Japan have this type of vessel.
Second, the Japanese Navy has 53 warships, all of which are stealth. It also has 16 submarines, nine guided missile destroyers and 13 aircraft carrier-style transport vessels that can carry helicopters and hovercraft. This makes Japan the second largest naval power, trailing only the US.
Japan has 96 P-3C maritime patrol aircraft and 97 SH60 helicopters. In the Cold War era, these two types of aircraft recorded a lot of submarine voice prints, allowing them to deal with present-day underwater warfare.
China has 20 diesel-powered and 22 nuclear-powered submarines, while Japan has only 16 diesel-powered submarines. However, Hyodo Nisohachi, a Japanese military expert, has pointed out that Chinese submarines make a lot of noise, making it easy to detect their position. Chinese submarines can dive down to 300m and make a rapid emergency dive to 600m, while Japan's and the US' submarines reportedly can dive to 800m and in an emergency dive down to 1,100m.
Last but not least, with the strengthening of the US-Japanese military alliance, I don't believe China would dare attack Taiwan.
I can already predict that this will garner a lot of bashing from the Chinese nationalists. But, then again, it's not like this article should be taken seriously, considering how the writer made some mistakes.
The Japanese F-15J are based on F-15C, whereas the F-15K are based on F-15E.
Also, the F-2 uses AESA RADAR with indigenous software, while their Kongo and Atago tin cans use PESA SPY RADAR with software distributed by Lockheed Martin. They are two completely different types of sensors with different computers.
Type 90 AAM-3 is being currently used by the JASDF and no one else, and should not be confused with the AIM-9X. It's a completely different short-range AAM that slightly resembles the Sidewinder from a distance.
The JMSDF has five Aegis ships, not four. The latest, Atago, set sail this March. I don't know how long it took for the writer to type up this article, but he needs to check more constantly, considering that this article was released not even two days ago.