Country: Japan Region: Gifu
Latitude: 35° 23' 30" N Longitude: 136° 52' 1" E
Area use / Military Branches: Active
Gifu airbase http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/gifu/ is one of the 7 Main Operating Bases in the JASDF C-Area
- Air Development &Test Wing (F-2A/B, F-4EJ/F-4EJKai, F-15J/DJ, C-1FTB,T-4, X-2, XC-2)
- 2 Air depot
- SDF Hospital
- 4 (Patriot) Air Defence Missile Grp HQ; and Fire Units 13 and 15
PATRIOT system was initially a surface-to-air guided missile system to counter airborne threats. Japan introduced thesystem in 1989
PATRIOT PAC-2(UG), developed after the Gulf War,had limited capability to intercept ballistic missiles. Japan introduced PAC-2(UG) system in 1996
PATRIOT PAC-3 system has enhanced capability to intercept ballistic missiles and is designed to intercept SRBM and MRBM in the terminal phase of a ballistic missile at 10+km altitude.
A Patriot Fire Unit protects an area of several tens of kms in radius. It is mobile and deployed according to the situation.
It consists of an Engagement Control Station, a Radar Set, an Antenna Mast Group, a Power Plant and 5 launchers with 4 missiles per launcher
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