First Aussie air force joint drills eyed

Kyodo

The air forces of Japan and Australia will hold their first-ever joint exercise in Alaska in July, in line with a bilateral defense cooperation agreement signed in May last year, the Air Self-Defense Force said Wednesday.

The exercise will be held from July 7 to 9 using Japanese F-15 fighters and Australian F/A-18 Hornet fighters.

The fighters will be in Alaska to participate in a U.S. Air Force drill that will be held from Monday to July 29.

In May last year, Japan and Australia signed a bilateral defense accord that allows the Self-Defense Forces and Australia’s military to share food, fuel and other supplies during such operations as disaster relief missions.