Japan Self-Defense Force
Indigenous Military Aircraft Designations
1952 - Present
Japanese Self-Defense Force aircraft designations are similar to those of the USA, consisting of a type letter and sequence number, with an optional modified mission prefix. Only indigenously-designed and/or -built aircraft receive an official designation; imported aircraft use either the original American designation or are derived from the manufacturer's model number.
Japanese Self-Defense Force missiles have a similar designation system as aircraft. In addition, a Type number is usually assigned, consisting of the last two digits of the year of service entry.
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Originally posted January 2005