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  • Japan Launches New Submarine Class
    Japan Launches New Submarine Class 15 October 2020
    Japan has launched the first of 3,000-ton Taigei class diesel-electric submarines, which will complete the U.S. ally’s planned expansion of its submarine fleet to 22 boats when it enters service. The new submarine was launched at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in the city of Kobe on Wednesday. It is the first of a successor class to Japan’s current Soryu-class boats. The Taigei is an attack submarine measuring 84 meters (275 feet, 7 inches) long. The ...
  • Japan Changes Defence Industry Tactic in Asia
    Japan Changes Defence Industry Tactic in Asia 14 October 2020
    Japan will sign an agreement on defence equipment and technology exports to Vietnam as part of a move to strengthen the defence capabilities of Indo-Pacific countries. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Vietnam and Indonesia next week. The prime minister is expected to sign the agreement with Vietnam during the trip. Tokyo began lifting its ban on overseas arms sales in 2014 to strengthen its defences and reduce the unit cost of military equipment it produce...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • First RC-2 In Japan Inventory
    First RC-2 In Japan Inventory 3 October 2020
    Japan's first RC-2 modern reconnaissance aircraft developed through the C-2 transport aircraft has been accepted into inventory. After years of testing, the Japan Air Self-Defence Forces launched the first RC-2 reconnaissance aircraft developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Designed for the execution of electronic intelligence (ELINT) and long-range, long-lasting reconnaissance missions, the aircraft made its first flight in 2018. The RC-2 will replace the YS-11EB turboprop ELINT ai...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar
    New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar 2 October 2020
    The new Seahawk XSH-60L helicopter developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has left the hangar. The platform was developed in accordance with the needs of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). New technologies used in the XSH-60L, described as the successor to the SH-60K, are currently unknown. The platform will be operated by the Purchasing, Technology and Logistics Agency of Japan's Ministry of Defence during the initial testing phase. The new platform is ex...
  • Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles
    Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles 29 September 2020
      The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.311 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to fifty-one (51) Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles, RIM-116C.  Also includ...
  • Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs
    Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs 26 September 2020
    The Philippines wants to inventory UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) general purpose helicopters that the Republic of Korea has taken out of service in July 2020. The Philippine Air Force (Philippine Air Force/PAF) has confirmed plans to meet with the Korean Defence Ministry for 21 Huey transfers. The PAF is expected to send a team to examine helicopters that have been in Korea for nearly 52 years. During the negotiation process with the Korean government, the White House is expected t...
  • U.S. Warns Turkey Over China
    U.S. Warns Turkey Over China 24 September 2020
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Turkey over China-based firms. Noticing the growing influence and investments of Chinese technology firms in Turkey, Pompeo said this could jeopardize military business between the White House and Ankara. Donald Trump's government has warned NATO allies that technology firms, which China claims are linked to intelligence agencies, could force American troops to withdraw from espionage operations. Pompeo's warning about t...
  • Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget
    Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget 22 September 2020
      According to the Japan Times, the Defence Ministry will seek a budget of over ¥5.4 trillion for fiscal 2021 under new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga governance. Suga took office on Wednesday to succeed Shinzo Abe, who stepped down for health reasons, pledging to continue his policies including those on national security and diplomacy. Suga vowed to continue with his predecessor’s policy of bolstering Japan’s capabilities in new domains. The ...
  • Japan's New Frigate
    Japan's New Frigate 22 September 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) continues to take shape. Construction of the first two frigates is being carried out at the shipyards of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsui E&S as part of a frigate project launched by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2018. New images obtained by Xavier Vavasseur and Yoshihiro Inaba showed the deployment of its mast integrated into the platforms. A total of 22 frigates will be built in line with the needs of the Japa...
  • Cooperation Against China Increases in Indo-Pacific Region
    Cooperation Against China Increases in Indo-Pacific Region 10 September 2020
    India and Japan have signed an agreement between the two countries' armed forces to provide reciprocal materials and services as a move against increased activity in China's Indo-Pacific region. Following a phone call between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "It is agreed that the agreement will further increase the depth of defence cooperation between the two countries and c...
  • Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions
    Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions 8 September 2020
    Tokyo will buy JSM missiles for F-35A Lightning II aircraft, according to Japanese Defence Ministry sources. It has been confirmed that a contract has been signed with Japan for JSM missiles produced by Norway-based KONGSBERG. The ammunition produced with composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic track, which is 4 meters long and weighs 400 kg, is scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese Self-Defence Forces by 2022. JSM, which began its development in 2008, can ...
  • AIM-120C-8 Plan
    AIM-120C-8 Plan 31 August 2020
    Working to improve its capabilities by restructuring its army, Japan will consolidate its air power with new systems. The US Department of Defence informed Congress about the export of new weapons. In this context, Washington will procure air-to-air missiles to Tokyo. In the statement made on August 26, the DoD announced that the sale of 32 AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missiles to Japan was approved. Japan had requested 32 units of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Ai...
  • Philippines to Monitor China from the Air
    Philippines to Monitor China from the Air 29 August 2020
    An agreement has been reached between Japan and Philippines for aerial reconnaissance and surveillance radar. Under the contract, three long-range air defence radars and mobile air defence radars will be delivered to the Philippines. Philippines will pay $103.5 million for systems that will be included in the inventory as part of the Horizon 2 procurement project. Japan will be able to get information from Chinese platforms with radars to be deployed to the Philippines. Th...
  • Japan Seeks Solution for Aegis
    Japan Seeks Solution for Aegis 27 August 2020
    Japan's National Security Council has submitted proposals for solutions that could be an alternative to the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system. The council, which has put forward three alternatives to the missile defence system, first proposed a system stationed on a floating platform. Separating the anti-missile system from radar is the second option; Using spy-7 radar with existing warships equipped with Aegis systems was the latest proposal of the National Security...
  • Japan invites Foreigners to work on F-X Fighter Project
    Japan invites Foreigners to work on F-X Fighter Project 27 August 2020
      Japan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a notice on August 25th, inviting foreign companies to engage with its project to develop next-generation fighter aircraft.  The notice invites firms to be involved in the development phase of the F-X project and the integration of related technologies and capabilities. It states that the invite supports the MoD’s “procedures for collecting information” about next-generation fighter aircraft. The not...
  • Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock
    Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock 27 August 2020
    The U.S. government has approved possible Foreign Military Sales to Japan of the AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The sale cost, which includes 32 AIM-120C-8 missiles in total, is estimated to be approximately $63 million. "It is vital for U.S. national interests to help Japan develop and maintain a strong and effective self-defence capability," the White House said of the procurement process, which includes technical and logistical support.
  • Private Island for F-35 Lightning II
    Private Island for F-35 Lightning II 14 August 2020
    Japan, which changing its military structure and defence industry understanding due to the increasing Chinese threat in the West, is establishing a new military base. Having bought Mage Island from a private company in November 2019 150 million USD cost, Japan decided to establish a base in the region. The island, which is announced to have 150 to 200 Japanese military personnel, will serve twice a year for the training requirements of the US Navy air elements. It is also state...
  • Patrol Boat Contract against China from Japan and Vietnam
    Patrol Boat Contract against China from Japan and Vietnam 13 August 2020
    Japan and Vietnam signed a $345 M deal for six patrol boats. Under the agreement signed by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the Vietnamese government, Tokyo will issue loans for six boats. "The project will provide the Vietnam Coast Guard with financing to procure vessels, supporting an improvement in maritime rescue operations and maritime law enforcement," the JICA said in a statement. The deal comes after the White House claimed ...
  • Korea Conducts Military Intelligence Sharing Talks with Switzerland
    Korea Conducts Military Intelligence Sharing Talks with Switzerland 6 August 2020
    Efforts to share military intelligence between the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have reached the final stage. The issue of "military intelligence sharing" is on the table as part of further development of military and defence industry cooperation between the two countries, according to Officials of the Korean Defence Ministry. The General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) is expected to be signed between the two countries if a memorandum is reached. ...
  • Japan to Continue F-35 Manufacturing
    Japan to Continue F-35 Manufacturing 2 August 2020
    Japan, which has taken leaps forward in the defence field and aims to significantly increase its military capability, has decided to continue licensed production. Announcing that the production line of F-35 Lightning IIs will close after first phase Japanese aircraft manufacturing at the end of 2018, Japan has stepped back from its decision. Thus, the final assembly and control facility (FACO) located in Nagoya, Tokyo, decided to continue production of the F-35. An official fro...
  • North Korea's "No More War" Statement and Missile Test
    North Korea's "No More War" Statement and Missile Test 30 July 2020
    North Korea conducted its first missile test in three months, according to media reports. In July, Pyongyang tested a cruise missile near the Sea of Japan, according to the Republic of Korea. The exact name of the ammunition was not disclosed, but it was said to have fallen to a distance of about 100 kilometres. According to a US source, the test was carried out to improve the missile's performance. North Korea had last conducted a firing test around the Sea of Japan in April. A...
  • Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker
    Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker 29 July 2020
    Japan's Ministry of Defence will partner with only one Japanese company to lead the development of next-generation fighter planes, according to Nikkei Daily. Previous fighters were imported from the U.S. or manufactured by Japanese companies under US license. The selected company will develop and manufacture a replacement for the current F-2 jets as they will be decommissioned around 2035. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru and IHI will be c...
  • V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory
    V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory 16 July 2020
    The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) became the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military. V-22 was already in use in Japan but US was the operator. The V-22 can conduct multiple missions which are not possible with traditional rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft alone. The marine version resists corrosion and reduces the cost of long-term sustainabi...
  • Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time
    Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time 16 July 2020
    Developed variant of Japan's ASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile produced by local sources was shared for the first time. The ammunition was captured during A Visit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries by Japanese Deputy Defence Minister Tomohiro Yamamoto. Changes are thought to have been made to the body and size of the new variant, which has been subject to changes in accordance with the needs of the air force. The development of the supersonic missile designed fo...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China
    HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China 15 July 2020
    United Kingdom plans to counter China with HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier according to the Times. The 5.6 billion Dollar vessel is expected to visit the Far East, to conduct military exercises with the US and Japan during its maiden grand voyage next year. The carrier will be accompanied by two Type 45 destroyers, two Type 23 frigates and two replenishment tankers. It will also have two squadrons of F-35B Lightning II fighters on board. It is likely one of those squadrons will...
  • Japan May Share Radar Information with Philippines to Control China
    Japan May Share Radar Information with Philippines to Control China 15 July 2020
    The Philippines, whose purchase of a long-range air defence system has been postponed due to the COVID-19, is scheduled to sign a contract with Japan-based Mitsubishi Electric within the next month. According to Japanese media reports, Tokyo is considering sharing its air defense radar information with the Philippines to track Chinese aircraft. Japan sees the solution in the Philippines, stating that Chinese platforms can be tracked through the Miyako Strait but cannot acc...
  • Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale
    Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale 10 July 2020
    Procurement processes for the F-35 Lightning II, which comes to the fore frequently due to the technical and infrastructure problems, continue. The USA continues to sell F-35 Lightning II. Washington has approved the sale of giant F-35 package, which requested by Japan requested. In this context, Tokyo will receive a total of 105 F-35 Lightning IIs. 63 of the platforms to be acquired by the country were announced as F-35A and 42 of them as F-35B. Announcing the 2020-2021 defenc...
  • Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035
    Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035 9 July 2020
    Japan has announced new dates in a next-generation fighter jet project to replace f-2 aircraft in its inventory.  The prototype will be produced in 2024 as part of the F-X program for the aircraft, which is intended to be developed with domestic resources.  According to local media reports, the first limited edition is set for 2030, with the new aircraft scheduled to take place in inventory by 2035. Tokyo will work with the United Kingdom in engine deve...
  • Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins
    Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins 3 July 2020
    Japan, which can have neither deep-strike capable armed forces nor an aircraft carrier due to law restrictions, has begun the upgrade of the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers. Japan has announced the start of the necessary upgrade works for the F-35B Lightning II operation of the Izumo class JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Kaga (DDH 184) helicopter destroyers. Tokyo will thus have ship-based fixed-wing air force for the first time since WWII. Platforms that are not specifie...
  • Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System
    Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System 15 June 2020
    Japan is going to postpone it for its ballistic missile defence system. Japan, which wants to procure two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence systems from the United States to deploy it on its shores last year, announced that the plan had been suspended. The country's Defence Minister Taro Kono said the defence systems to be purchased to detect and counter North Korean ballistic missiles have been suspended due to technical problems and lack of budget. Minister Kono said they...
  • Japan Acquired UH-X
    Japan Acquired UH-X 10 June 2020
    New helicopters are on the way to the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). According to the Japanese Defence Ministry, signed a $131.6 million purchase agreement with Subaru. The procurement process, which includes six UH-X multipurpose helicopters, is scheduled to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2023.  Based on the 412EPX commercial helicopter developed by Subaru and Bell companies, UH-X will replace the UH-1J Huey platform in the JGSDF inventory. Uh-X's...
  • Cyber Attack on Mitsubishi Electric
    Cyber Attack on Mitsubishi Electric 22 May 2020
    Japan-based Mitsubishi Electric may have been cyber-attacked. Japan, which has started work against China's military structure, has opened the bidding process for the latest technology-equipped missile project. Mitsubishi Electric's missile design was leaked, Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported. According to Asahi, the ministry suspects that performance requirements that were sent to several defence-industry companies as part of the bidding process for the project. The apparent...
  • New Assault Rifle
    New Assault Rifle 20 May 2020
    Japan, which has been arming rapidly in recent times due to the increasing threat factors in the region and the need for modernization of the army, introduced its new assault rifle. Developed to replace 5.56x45mm Type 89 rifles in the inventory, Type 20 uses the same caliber ammunition. Rifles are the first system that Japan will procure as standard infantry rifles in 31 years since 1989, when the Type 89's were put in inventory. New weapons are more resistant to water and ...
  • Mk41 VLS Procurement for Turkish Navy
    Mk41 VLS Procurement for Turkish Navy 17 May 2020
    Vertical Launching System (VLS) provides important advantages in the intelligence due to the inability of detection carried ammunition from outside, high rate of fire and flexibility. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has signed a new agreement with BAE Systems worths USD 42.8 million.In this context, Mk 13 Mod 0; Mk 21 Mod 1, Mod 2, Mod 3 and Mk 29 Mode 0 canister production in addition to the Mk 13 Mod 0 renew. The contract, inclu...
  • Armament Race Escalates
    Armament Race Escalates 13 May 2020
    Japan continues to studies for replacing the systems in its inventory and to have a stronger army structure. Tokyo will acquire 12 additional Type 10 main battle tanks to replace the Type 74s that are at the end of their economic life. The procurement list announced with the new budget plan, which is published, also includes a Type 19 155 mm truck-mounted howitzers. The Ministry of Defence plans to acquire seven Type 19 in 2020 with 44 million USD budget.
  • First Ospreys Arrived After Solution
    First Ospreys Arrived After Solution 11 May 2020
    The V-22 Ospreys incorporate the features of the helicopter's vertical landing, take-off and maneuverability, and the speed and range of fixed-wing platforms. The first export agreement for vehicles, which is the only military system with these features, was signed in previous periods. Japan moved for the procurement of V-22 Ospreys in 2014 and signed an agreement with the US for the first four platforms in 2016. On the other hand, Tokyo had to postpone ...
  • November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit
    November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit 9 May 2020
    The nuclear triad is an important step for countries to become superpowers. Continuing to work in this framework, China is close to completing the great trio. Beijing, which has not been able to bring its strategic bombing capability to the desired level at long range, continues its works. In this context, November is pointed out for the first results of the ongoing H-20 strategic bomber studies, in defence backstage. Rumors are circulating that the platform will be showcased at the...
  • Tank Destroyer Request
    Tank Destroyer Request 5 May 2020
    Neither economic restrictions nor the virus epidemic is able to ensure the reduction of tension in the Far East. The countries in the region, especially in China and Japan, which cannot have a strong army as per their laws, continue to be armed. While modernizing the army on the one hand, and working on improving its capabilities on the other, Japan adds new defence systems to its inventory. In this context, the Japan Ground Self Defense Force requested 33 additional Type ...