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  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program February 15 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • New Missile Trial of North Korea
    New Missile Trial of North Korea January 27 2020
    Despite increasing tensions and coming face to face with the world, especially the USA, Japan and the Republic of Korea due to missile trials and nuclear studies, the North Korea added a new one to the test launchs. A statement from the Republic of Korea announced that the Pyongyang administration launched two short-range projectile. Missiles launched from the Hamyong Region towards the eastern waters of the country reached to about 97 thousand metres altitude 38...
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea January 22 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz January 21 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun January 21 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Japanese interest in the Middle East
    Japanese interest in the Middle East January 5 2020
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to deploy the Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to ensure the safety of its ships.  “We plan to dispatch Self-Defence Forces to this region to strengthen information gathering and secure the safe passage of Japan-related ships,” Abe said, reiterating a plan unveiled last month ahead of the latest flare-up in tensions. The Japanese government announced late last month it will send a warship and patrol planes to ...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan December 30 2019
    Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Mid...
  • Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected
    Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected December 28 2019
      The US Defence Ministry said Wednesday it now estimates the costs to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko will more than double the current budget to $8.5 billion and the construction period needs to be extended to over nine years. Washington plans to push ahead with the relocation of a U.S. air base within Okinawa Prefecture despite the overwhelming public opposition expressed in a referendum on Sunday, recognising the outpost's strate...
  • Japanese Company Unveils Preliminary LHD Design
    Japanese Company Unveils Preliminary LHD Design November 21 2019
    Japanese shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation unveiled the preliminary design of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). JMU's Future Landing Helicopter Dock will have five helicopters in two aircraft hangars located beneath the flight deck. The LHD will be capable of embarking up to two Landing Craft Air Cushion-like vessels in its well deck and more than 20 amphibious assault vehicles. The LHD, will be ...
  • PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games
    PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games November 6 2019
    According to Japanese media reports, Japan may deploy an upgraded version of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence systems in the Tokyo metropolitan area before the Olympic Games in July 2020. Patriot batteries will be deployed in Tokyo between April and July before the other regions; The ministry wants to equip the 1st Air Defence Missile Group with PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors to defend against possible threats such as ballistic missiles, drones and u...
  • North Korea Continue Trials October 4 2019
    Ballistic missile tests carried out by North Korea which caused countries’ reaction; has been postponed for a while. The silence of the Pyongyang administration was broken by a new launch, a first among the long-running tests carried out recently. In trial attempt, a ballistic missile launched from the submarine which was scheduled to begin at a different level conversation between North Korean officials and the United States. The test was carried out from an offs...
  • Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles
    Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles September 25 2019
      Japan has failed to track the trajectory of some of North Korea’s new types of short-range missiles according to the Japan Times. The missiles, including some capable of reaching Japan, apparently escaped detection due to their low altitudes and irregular trajectories. Tokyo is said to believe that North Korea is attempting to break through Japan’s existing missile defence network. Japan is considering operating two or more Aegis-equipped destr...
  • Russia to Develop Previously Banned Missiles
    Russia to Develop Previously Banned Missiles September 7 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would develop missiles banned under the now-defunct Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in response US. The state-run TASS news agency reported that Putin said, "We will make such missiles, of course, but we will not deploy them in the regions where no ground-based missile systems of this class of US manufacture have emerged”. Last month, the US and Russia formally withdrew from the key Cold War-era tr...
  • Japan to acquire SM-3 Block IIA Missiles
    Japan to acquire SM-3 Block IIA Missiles August 28 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA with support for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles. Also included are MK 29 Canisters with packing, handl...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B August 27 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • Smerch Tested August 15 2019
        Russia’s upgraded missile corvette holds live-fire exercise in Sea of Japan. The warship successfully employed surface-to-air missiles, launching them against the target that simulated a surface ship and a simulated air target. Smerch is also set to test its 30mm AK-630 six-barrel automatic artillery gun, the press office of Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported. The Russian shipbuilders completed the upgrade of the missile corvette Smerch in 2019. Duri...
  • Modernization for Japan E-767 August 14 2019
        Boeing announced on its social media account that the first E-767 aircraft of the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has landed in San Antonio. The company has announced that they will modernize its Japanese E-767 fleet to improve its future capabilities.   Within the scope of modernization, the company will improve the computer systems of Japanese aircraft. Four Boeing E-767’s, which is delivered to the Japan Air S...
  • P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea
    P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea August 3 2019
    Japan Ministry of Self Defence has begun deploying the P1 patrol aircraft nationwide to monitor waters around Japan in response to incursions by China and other nations. P1s have been so far only been operating at the Maritime Self-Defence Force's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture. But from July 26, they began being deployed at the MSDF’s Kanoya base in Kagoshima Prefecture. The P1 aircraft is produced domestically in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, and is the successor air...
  • Japan to Procure New UAV
    Japan to Procure New UAV July 31 2019
    The Japanese government intends to acquire around 20 unmanned helicopters for its Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF), local media reports have said. Unmanned helicopter fleet would be in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness in the region. The helicopter model is expected to be selected in fiscal 2022, with the procurement starting in fiscal 2023, the sources said. Early warning and surveillance activities in the East China Sea are currently conducted using MSDF vessels, ...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received July 18 2019
      Japan Marine United Corporation launched the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force on 17 July. Named Haguro, the 170 m-long vessels will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. The ship, which cost about USD1.6 billion to build, is expected to be commissioned in March 2021. The first-of-class Maya, which was launched on 30 July 2018. The maritime tests of the ...
  • Sector News Issue 75 July 11 2019
    New Support for A400M RAM for USA and Japan UK Gets a German Partner Refuelling from KC-46 to F-35 Lantset: Cost Active Solution LCS Meets the Water New Solution for Air Operations Armour Becomes Lighter Kement, Ready for Mission ACMI found its Place. Gökbey on its Way to Certification Technologic Support for Atak ...
  • Is the Correct Path Followed to Build a Plane? July 11 2019
    The planners’ decisions about the use of human resources in our country, doesn’t fit the Turkey’s aims in the aerospace thus defence industry. Universities and postgraduate institutions are unfortunately not sufficient to train required people. Our point in this article is not to criticize the existing situation, but to create a suitable atmosphere in our country to create and develop space, aviation and defence industries. Otherwise the aerospace industries won’t go f...
  • First F-16 Block 50 Hit 10,000th Hour
    First F-16 Block 50 Hit 10,000th Hour June 23 2019
    F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 50 aircraft in the US Air Force inventory left behind an important milestone.   90-808 serial number F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 14th Fighter Squadron of the 35th Fighter Wing stationed in Misawa, Japan, hit the 10,000th flight hour. The platform, which has been in operation for 29 years, became the first Block 50 platform to reach 10,000 hours in the US inventory.
  • C-2 Will Try Its Chance in Paris
    C-2 Will Try Its Chance in Paris June 16 2019
    Paris is preparing for the Paris Air Show 2019 which will be held between 17-23 June 2019. The fair will be the stage of firsts in 2019 as in every time. Japan, which has alleviated arms export bans in recent years, will exhibit the C-2 transport aircraft in Paris. The platform, which made its first flight in 2010 and has been in service since 2016, will meet visitors for the first time at such a big international event. With a length of 43.9 meters and a wingspan of 44.4 meters, th...
  • “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash
    “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash June 10 2019
    Cause of the Japan's F-35A Lightning II accident accident is announced. According to a statement from Japan, aircraft crashed into the ocean because of the vertigo. 28 minutes after taking off from Misawa in the Aomori Region, aircraft disappeared from the radar and crashed in the Pacific Ocean at 1100 km / h. Japanese officials said the pilot probably suffered vertigo, so he lost the spatial orientation. Aircraft's pilot which costed $ 126 million per unit has a flight time...
  • The Proliferation of Populism in Asia June 3 2019
    As a follow-up to our 44th Issue published in January 2017, which covered the rising tide of populism in Asia with special reference to China, India and Japan, it is time to shed light on the new members joining this camp. Besides the United States and Europe, the Asian Continent also suffers from a fair share of extremist right-wing tendencies. Enlarging their room of manoeuvre through populism, such leaders fuel instability both at the state and regional levels. Thus, it would be ...
  • US Exports $ 1 Billion Worth Missile
    US Exports $ 1 Billion Worth Missile May 21 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve possible Foreign Military Sales to Republic of Korea (ROC),  Japan and Canada. SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles for ROC, AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for Japan and MK 54 lightweight torpedoes for Canada are at stake. SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles costs $313.9 million, AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) costs $317 million, MK 54 lightweight costs $387 million. Total expor...
  • US Support for Taiwan Patriots
    US Support for Taiwan Patriots May 17 2019
    U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon, has been granted a US$9 million contract to develop and upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defence system. The project, which is planned to last for the next five years, will be completed by 3 April 2024. The platform is capable of detecting, tracking, and intercepting aerial vehicles and ballistic missiles. Raytheon has sold Patriot Air Defence Systems to 16 different nations, including neighbours Japan and South Korea in the Asia-Pacific reg...
  • F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea
    F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea April 24 2019
    Two F-35A stealth fighters arrived in the Republic of Korea for the first time. According to The Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), F-35As arrived at the airbase in Cheongju and an official deployment ceremony will take place in the next two months. The two planes will undergo domestic processes to be combat-deployed to the Air Force, DAPA said. In 2014, the Republic of Korea decided to purchase 40 F-35As for deployment with about $6.8 billion, the biggest amount for...
  • Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash
    Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash April 18 2019
      Japanese Ministry of Defence stated that Japanese F-35A fighters suffered seven emergency landings since entering service, before one crashed in the Pacific Ocean on April 9. Japan has 13 F-35 in its fleet. The emergency landings took place between June 2017 and January 2019 during flight tests and drills, Japanese daily Mainichi reported on Wednesday. Mainichi states that, of the 13 aircraft in service with the Japan Air Self-Defence Force, five have been...
  • Japan Step by Step in Fifth Generation April 17 2019
    Japan continues to work on creating fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Footage aired on national TV. Mitsubishi Electronics-led team proceeded to test, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar based on the F-2 fighter aircraft. Allegedly, Japanese AESA radar is similar to US-made AN/APG-81, used in F-35 aircraft. Showcased for the first time footage of test prototype of a low-bypass turbofan (XF9-1) engine, developed by IHI Corporation. The new engine is about 4.8 meters in ...
  • Crashed F-35A Had 2 Emergency Landings
    Crashed F-35A Had 2 Emergency Landings April 14 2019
    Japan's Defence Ministry stated that F-35A fighter jet that crashed into the sea off northern Japan on Tuesday had made two emergency landings in the last two years. Speaking at a Lower House committee meeting on Thursday, State Minister of Defence Kenji Harada said aircraft had two emergency landings. The Air Self-Defence Force began deploying F35A jets at its Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, in January last year.
  • Japan to Acquire Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB
    Japan to Acquire Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB April 10 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of up to 56 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missiles for an estimated cost of $1.150 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has also requested missile canisters. The SM-3® interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to interm...
  • Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed
    Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed April 10 2019
    The Japan Air Self-Defence Force confirmed Wednesday morning local time that a missing F-35A has crashed. The pilot remains missing. The crashed aircraft, which the JASDF identified as serial number 79-8705, was the first of 13 Japanese F-35As assembled so far by Mitsubishi’s final assembly and check out facility in Nagoya. Japan had only stood up its first F-35A squadron at the end of last month, with the 302nd Hikotai established in Misawa with 13 F-35As following its transfer from Hy...
  • Japan’s F-35 Disappears
    Japan’s F-35 Disappears April 9 2019
    Japanese Defence Ministry sources say an Air Self-Defence Force F35A fighter jet disappeared from radar at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Japan time.  
  • Japan Declares F-35A Lightning II Fully Operational
    Japan Declares F-35A Lightning II Fully Operational April 1 2019
    The Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) has fully activated its first squadron of F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with the 302nd Fighter Squadron on 29 March 2019. The 302nd Squadron transitioned from the F-4EJ Phantom Kai to the F-35A Lightning II.
  • 10th Submarine In Inventory
    10th Submarine In Inventory April 1 2019
    Japan, which accelerated its submarine construction activities recently, announced that the 10th Sōryū class submarine was officially joined the navy. The platform was named JS Shōryū (SS-510). In the ceremony held in Kobe, the submarine was assigned to the Submarine Flotilla 1 in Kure, located in Hiroshima Prefecture. The platform, built at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, has cost around $ 502 million. The displacement of the 84-meter-long submarine is 2950 tons. The platform equipped w...
  • Helicopter Spare Parts to the Philippines April 1 2019
    Philippines procured spare parts of US $ 48 million for UH-1 Huey helicopters in its inventory from Japan. It was announced that the spare parts and equipment were donated to the Philippines in order to increase the defence and humanitarian capabilities of the Philippines Army. After retiring its UH-1 Huey helicopters, Japan is trying to dispose of spare parts and hardware in its warehouses and make room for new systems. In a statement from the Philippines, the equipment donated fro...

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