British fighter planes will take on Japanese aircraft for the first time since World War Two in aerial combat drills. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Four British Royal Air Force Typhoon Eurofighters arrived in Japan on Saturday (October 22) for joint drills. It will be the first time since World War Two that British fighter planes will take on Japanese aircraft. The joint practice at Japan's northern Misawa Air Base starts on Sunday and will be the first time Japan's air force train at home with a foreign force other than that of the United States. The jets and a C-17 support plane touched down early in the evening under overcast skies. Both countries want to hone scramble techniques to counter foreign military aircraft approaching their airspace. Both regularly shadow Russian planes and the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) scrambles when Chinese jets approach its southwestern border. As China's control of the neighboring South China Sea tightens, Japan worries that Beijing's attention is turning toward the East China Sea where Japan controls a chain of islands stretching 1,400 km (870 miles) towards Taiwan. In the six months to the end of September, Japanese fighters took off to chase Chinese planes 407 times compared with 231 times a year earlier, according to the JASDF. Encounters with Russian bombers and surveillance planes, which fly in from the north rose 67 percent to 180 incidents. The Typhoon visit is also an opportunity for Japan's air force see Europe's most advanced jet as it looks at proposals for developing a new fighter to replace its F-2s.