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  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft
    Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Following the success of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, the United States developed the F-16 Agile Falcon variant with advanced avionics, larger wing area and more powerful engine. The platform failed to achieve the expected sales success, and at that time it was Japan's choice in search of a similar platform. Tokyo improved the platform and F-2 developed the base on F-16 Agile Falcon. Tokyo, which wants to produce domestic fighter jets to replace the F-2, has r...
  • North Korea Continues to Launch Missile into Japanese Sea
    North Korea Continues to Launch Missile into Japanese Sea 16 April 2020
    North Korea continues its missile launch into the Sea of Japan. According to the Republic of Korea, the missiles were fired for 40 minutes from the area near the town of Munchon on the morning of April 14. The Republic of Korea said they were monitoring the situation for possible additional launches. The missiles were fired ahead of the anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founder, II-Sung.  .
  • Japan  Tighten Entry to Defence Industry
    Japan Tighten Entry to Defence Industry 17 March 2020
    Japan, which has strict laws prohibiting the manufacture of strategic weapons, sending troops to foreign countries, and military exports, came to the agenda with a new development. Significant restrictions are imposed on the Japanese industry, where 1% of foreign investors own it. In this context, Tokyo will tighten the entry of foreign investors into 12 sectors, which are considered critical for national security. In addition to areas such as power, oil, telecommunications, wa...
  • Japanese Touch to Hypersonic Missile
    Japanese Touch to Hypersonic Missile 13 March 2020
    The hypersonic guided projectile market continues to expand with new actors. It seems that the Far East countries will not remain unresponsive to developments in this area. The effectiveness of close-in weapon systems, which are the shields of naval platforms, continues to become more effective in line with technological developments. In order to increase the effectiveness of the ammunition, to make it difficult to destroy and to avoid the reaction time to the enemy, the c...
  • Japan Tests New Anti-Ship Missile
    Japan Tests New Anti-Ship Missile 1 March 2020
    In parallel with the increasing numbers of high tonnage sea platforms rapidly in the region, Japan continues its efforts to diversify the precautions. Against the growing Russian and Chinese movements in the Pacific and the Sea of Japan, Japan has started to studies for increasing its long range guided projectile capability. ATLA, the acquisition, technology and logistics agency of the Ministry of Defence, confirmed its studies. It was stated ...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 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...
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea 22 January 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...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun 21 January 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 19 January 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 5 January 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 30 December 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 28 December 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 21 November 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 6 November 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 4 October 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 25 September 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...
  • Modernization for Japan E-767 14 August 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 3 August 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 31 July 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, ...
  • “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash
    “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash 10 June 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...
  • Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash
    Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash 18 April 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 17 April 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 ...
  • Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed
    Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed 10 April 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 9 April 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.  
  • Electronic Warfare Tension in Far East Will Increase
    Electronic Warfare Tension in Far East Will Increase 17 January 2019
    Japan, took action in electronic warfare area after its largest rival China in their region. Tokyo administration, which has recently gone through radical changes in the military and has allocated significant budgets for investments, will increase its electronic warfare capabilities. According to Japanese media, there are different options in front of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces in this area. The first is the development of the electronic warfare model (EW) of the C-2...
  • RAND: Japan Insufficient
    RAND: Japan Insufficient 3 January 2019
    The Chinese-Japanese competition, which has increased in recent years, makes the waters of the region increasingly hot. The rivalry between the two major powers of Asia continues to increase in the military field, apart from political and economic areas.   The US-based think thank RAND has recently published a study on the Chinese-Japanese competition on the Chinese Sea. In the study, it was concluded that the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force was insufficient against t...
  • First Flight of UH-X
    First Flight of UH-X 28 December 2018
    The first prototype for Japan's UH-X utility helicopter program made its maiden flight. According to the Japanese Ministry of Defence, platform remained in the air for 55 minutes. The first flight took place at Subaru's Utsunomiya Facilities, an aviation complex in Tochigi District, Japan. In a statement from the company, the helicopter will be delivered to the Ministry of Defense in March 2019 after the series of tests. Subaru establishing a new pro...
  • Additional F-35 Lightning II
    Additional F-35 Lightning II 20 December 2018
    Japan will be the largest foreign F-35 Lightning II user, after confirming the giant defence budget.   In the investment to be made to the Japanese Self Defence Force, it is foreseen that the Izumo class amphibious assault ships will have the necessary infrastructure for the use of F-35B Lightning II. A ramp called a ski-jump will be integrated on the bow sections of the platforms and the runway coatings will be made resistible to the hot exhaust gas of the F-35B. Aft...
  • Japan Returns to the Past
    Japan Returns to the Past 19 December 2018
    A new defence breakthrough came from the Far East, where stressing winds never rested. Japan has approved the five-year giant defence budget. As part of the budget approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan plans to invest US $ 242 billion in defence. It is aimed to improve the ballistic missile defence system within the scope of the five-year period. In addition, 100 F-35 Lightning II procurement is planned from this budget. The main point of the decision is the Izumo class LHD platforms. ...
  • Japan's Hawkeyes to 2020
    Japan's Hawkeyes to 2020 7 December 2018
    US signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales). Under the agreement, Japan's second batch of 9 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye’s manufacturing process will be started. On October 12, Japan announced the signing of a new US $ 3 billion agreement. Under the agreement, nine additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft will be procured for the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force. The first decision for its procurement E-2D planes w...
  • Japan Wants More F-35s and Aircraft Carrier Ship
    Japan Wants More F-35s and Aircraft Carrier Ship 30 November 2018
    Japan is considering buying up to 100 F-35 stealth fighters from the US for more than USD 8.8 billion as it seeks to counter China's growing military presence in the region, The Japanese Nikkei business newspaper reported that the Japanese government is preparing to order another 100 F-35 jets in order to replace some of aging F-15s. In addition, the country is once more considering converting a helicopter carrier to aircraft carrier one that can accommodate ‘multi purpose airc...
  • Japan Postponed V-22s Again
    Japan Postponed V-22s Again 19 November 2018
    Japan has announced that it has postponed its V-22 Osprey deliveries once again. Japan Defence Minister Takeyeshi Iwaya made a statement about postponement. Japan had previously announced postponement in deliveries. The Japanese Minister of Defence said in a statement that the support of the local people of the region where the platforms will be deployed was not provided. This caused the decision. The V-22 Ospreys are expected to be deployed to Saga Airport in the south-western part...
  • Sector News Issue 67 6 November 2018
    New Tasks for F-35B Catamaran Type Aircraft Carrier Long-Range SAM for FREMM Japanese Battery Extends Range Meteksan Throws a “Lasso” at Missile TUSAŞ’s ATAK Move TB2 Features TEI Engine ASELSAN Launches NAR SOM was Inked FNSS STAs in Serial Production  
  • Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons
    Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons 22 October 2018
    Japanese defence industry is pursuing to produce a new kind of weapon to deliver an explosive payload at supersonic speeds. The unconventional technique is designed have high precision guidance. On Oct. 15, 2018, Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said the country’s Ministry of Defence had crafted the hypersonic weapon plan with an eye toward having the initial system in service no later than 2026. Hyper-Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) is consisted of t...
  • Sino-Japanese Rapprochement 7 October 2018
    October 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and Japan. Whether it will turn into an unforgettable celebration remains unknown. At a meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum organised on September 11-13 in Vladivostok, Russia, an important development took place. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to improve their long-strained relationship. Due to tensions over ...