MANILA – The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will be deploying two McDonnell Douglas F-15 “Eagle” jet fighters and 60 personnel for exercises with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11.

The unit-to-unit exercise will be held at Clark Air Base, Pampanga.

“Deployed units from both parties will undergo exchange programs aimed at promoting mutual understanding and defense cooperation and exchanges,” the Japanese Embassy in Manila said in a statement Tuesday.

The F-15s are a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighters designed initially to meet the United States Air Force’s requirement for a dedicated air superiority fighter.

It has a maximum speed of Mach 2.5 and a combat range of 1,061 nautical miles and is armed with a 20mm cannon and capable of carrying a variety of air-to-air missiles.

Exchanges will be held mainly at the Clark Air Base, Pampanga and the surrounding airspace.

Previously, the JASDF and PAF also conducted bilateral exercises on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) in July 2021 and June 2022.

These exercises aimed to enhance the JASDF and PAF HADR capabilities, particularly in the delivery of relief goods to affected people in severe emergencies. (with Joyce Rocamora/PNA)