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  • Japan  Tighten Entry to Defence Industry
    Japan Tighten Entry to Defence Industry March 17 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 March 13 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 March 1 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? 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • “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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.  
  • Electronic Warfare Tension in Far East Will Increase
    Electronic Warfare Tension in Far East Will Increase January 17 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 January 3 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 December 28 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 December 20 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 December 19 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 December 7 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 November 30 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 November 19 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 November 6 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 October 22 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 October 7 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 ...
  • Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution
    Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution October 7 2018
    Japan will develop a new aircraft to succeed its F-2 fighter.  Tokyo has already rejected proposals Lockheed Martin, Boeing and BAE System to supply new jets. Some 92 F-2s of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force are expected to retire in the 2030s and Japanese government has sought bids from Lockheed Martin for its F-22, Boeing for its F-15, and BAE Systems for its Eurofighter Typhoon.  Tokyo decided to replace F-2s with locally-made jet according to Mainichi Shimbun. <...
  • Delay on Japanese Ospreys
    Delay on Japanese Ospreys September 26 2018
    Japan has requested the postponement of delivery of MV-22B Osprey platforms. The dispute with the Saga region, where the platforms will be deployed, was shown as a reason for the request. It was announced that the negotiations with the local administration of the region on Kyushu Island is on progress.    Tokyo ordered 17 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey in total. Japan will pay 332.5 million USD for the supply of the first five-piece order for the Japanese Ground Self-...
  • Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target
    Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target September 14 2018
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defence Agency (MDA) completed a successful intercept flight test in cooperation with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai in Hawai. The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and the interceptor was launched from the Japanese ship JS Atago (DDG-177), verifying the newest ballistic missile defence engagement capability of the upgraded destroyer. JS ATAGO crew members detected an...
  • Pentagon's report: Chinese Bombers Training for US Strikes
    Pentagon's report: Chinese Bombers Training for US Strikes August 19 2018
    Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report. French news Agency “Agence France-Presse” published, Pentagon’s annual report to Congress. The report, released on 16 August, highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout. In the case of China's air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from...
  • Railgun Step at Far-East
    Railgun Step at Far-East August 6 2018
    ATLA (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency), has published a press release. The report was informed that Japan has developed a new electromagnetic railgun. This is also the first time the images of working prototypes have been featured. ATLA's statement was the first official statement on Japan's railgun. Detailed information about the program was not provided. The new weapon is expected to be used in the next generation Type 27DD destroyers which will en...
  • Patriot Stepback
    Patriot Stepback August 1 2018
    A new Patriot step came from the Far East. Japan has withdraw its the PAC-3 missile systems to their bases after the reduction of tension in a missile crisis with North Korea. Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defense systems, which have been deployed in Hokkaido, Shimane, Hiroshima, Ahime and Kochi areas which are deployed since August 2017, have been returned to their previous positions. Japan also withdraw PAC-3s at Ichigawa, Tokyo's which is responsibl...
  • Japan sees cost for Aegis Ashore doubling initial quote
    Japan sees cost for Aegis Ashore doubling initial quote July 25 2018
    Japanese Defence Ministry has newly estimated that the price tag of two land-based missile batteries Japan aims to deploy could cost around $3.6 billion, doubling the initial quotation. The Japanese government insists installing the U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore system in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures to strengthen country’s defence against potential nuclear weapon or missile threats. Two batteries are believed to be sufficient to cover Japan's entire territory.