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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft
    Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft 26 March 2020
    Taiwan and Japan intercepted China's KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft. The Japan Defence Ministry announced that the Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) was carrying out operations to intercept one Shaanxi KJ-500 aircraft on the East China Sea. On the map, it was shared that the KJ-500 was intercepted in the north of the Ishigaki Islands of Japan and in the west of Okinawa, where JASDF came. The JASDF has two regiments of Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle interceptors based at Naha in ...
  • Radar from Japan for Philippine Air Force
    Radar from Japan for Philippine Air Force 12 March 2020
    The modernization process continues in the Philippine Air Force. In this context, the Philippine National Defence Ministry has reached an agreement with Japan-based Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for four long-range air defence radars. According to MaxDefence Philippines, the radars included in the deal are the J/FPS-3ME 3D Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) advanced long-range fixed radar system, and the J/TPS-P14ME truck-mounted long-range mobile radar system. The J/FPS-3ME i...
  • Production of F-35 Will Be Stopped Due to Coronavirus
    Production of F-35 Will Be Stopped Due to Coronavirus 7 March 2020
      Coronavirus measures around the world caused the cancellation of various fairs. The virus also caused production lines to be stopped. The number of virus cases in Japan surpassed a thousand people on March 4, according to reports from the World Health Organization and local media. Lockheed Martin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plan to shut down production at the F-35’s Final Assembly and Check-Out facility in Nagoya, Japan the week of 9-13 March due to fears ...
  • 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...
  • 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 Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer
    Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer 6 March 2019
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Asahi-class guided-missile destroyer on 27 February in Nagasaki Prefecture. Shiranui , which is the first JMSDF ship to feature a periscope-detection radar, was launched in October 2017 and began sea trials in July 2018. The first vessel of the class, JS Asahi (pennant number 119), was commissioned in March 2018. The class has a top speed of 30 kt and a crew complement of 220, according to the JMSDF. Eac...
  • MILGEM's LM2500 Powers Japanese Vessels
    MILGEM's LM2500 Powers Japanese Vessels 29 March 2018
    GE's LM2500 marine gas turbines now power the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF) newest destroyer JS Asahi (DD119) and have also been selected to power the United States Navy’s new DDG 126 and 127 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The very same engine powers Turkey's MEKO class frigates and MİLGEM. Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), this first of two new destroyers in the JMSDF’s Asahi-class destroyer program was recently commissioned by the JMS...
  • First Asahi-class Destroyer Commissioned
    First Asahi-class Destroyer Commissioned 14 March 2018
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its first Asahi (25DD)-class guided-missile destroyer, JS Asahi (with pennant number 119), in a ceremony held on 7 March in Nagasaki Prefecture.  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) launched Asahi in October 2016. The second vessel of the class, Shiranui, was launched October 2017. Asahi class vessels have a displacement of 5,628 tons, a length of 151 meters and a widt...
  • Japan's First Indigenous Supersonic Missile Ready For Serial Production
    Japan's First Indigenous Supersonic Missile Ready For Serial Production 8 January 2018
    Japan's Ministry of Defence completed the development of "ASM 3" missiles, which is the first supersonic air-to-ship missile in domestic production and starts mass production from FY 2019. The development of ASM-3 has begun in 2003. After conducting a total of 15 tests since July 2005, the analysis was completed at the end of last year. The missiles, which are to be used on F-2 fighter aircraft, can reach a speed of Mach 3. The country's F-2 aircraft is now armed with the AS...
  • Indigenous Solution for Humanitarian Missions
    Indigenous Solution for Humanitarian Missions 2 January 2018
    The Philippines has commissioned two indigenously built multi-mission offshore vessels (MMOVs) on 21 December which will boost the country's humanitarian assistance and fishery patrol capabilities. The vessels have been christened BRP Lapu-Lapu, and BRP Francisco Dagohoy respectively. The construction of the vessels began in January 2016, and the vessels were subsequently launched in August. 50.5 m in overall length, the vessels are p...
  • Tokyo Will Team Up With London
    Tokyo Will Team Up With London 27 November 2017
    Japan will partner with the UK to develop an air-to-air missile, according to local news reports. The planned weapon will incorporate a powerful radar system developed by Mitsubishi Electric into European manufacturer MBDA's Meteor missile, combining long range and high accuracy. A prototype will be built at an MBDA plant starting in fiscal 2018. Live-fire testing in the UK is scheduled to begin as early as fiscal 2023. The missile likely will become equipment on the F...
  • First Japanese-built F-35 On Its Way to US
    First Japanese-built F-35 On Its Way to US 16 November 2017
    First Japanese-built F-35A landed at Misawa Air Base on 2 November, according to US Pacific Air Forces. Maj. Elijah Supper piloted the brand-new aircraft from the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out facility, and was quickly joined by two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin National Guard, there to escort the new jet across the Pacific. Although the aircraft is a Japanese Air Self-Dense Force-owned jet, i...
  • Indigenous Supersonic Missile by Japan
    Indigenous Supersonic Missile by Japan 18 July 2017
    The Japanese Air Self Defence Force will introduce a new type of air-to-surface missile to its F-2 fighter aircraft next year. According to local sources, it will be the first indigenious supersonic air-to-ship missile, which is characterized by being difficult to intercept.  When compared to the country's indigenous Type 80 (ASM-1) and Type 93 (ASM-2) missiles which are both close to the sound speed, the new model will dramatically reduce the risk of being interc...
  • New Amphibious Tracked Vehicle By Japan
    New Amphibious Tracked Vehicle By Japan 15 June 2017
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has unveiled its newest amphibious tracked vehicle at MAST Asia 2017 fair being held in Tokyo, Japan. The company exhibited  a demonstrator scale model of the vehicle which is powered by a turbo-charged Diesel engine of 2,206 kW and is able to accomodate a total of 15 personnel. The vehicle features an integrated arm hydro pneumatic suspension which allows the tracks to be hydraulically lowered during water operations in order to reduc...
  • Japan Doubled Domestic 'Stealth's
    Japan Doubled Domestic 'Stealth's 7 June 2017
    Japan rolled out the first F-35 (AX-5 "79-8705") assembled at Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries'  F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Nagoya on Monday. Lockheed Martin has delivered four F-35As from its Fort Worth line to the Japan Air Self Defense Force, but out of 42 aircraft purchased the remaining 38 F-35s will be assembled in at the Nagoya FACO. AX-5 will be used for flight training purposes. The US Department of D...
  • 'Defence' Move by Japan
    'Defence' Move by Japan 23 March 2017
    Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces (MSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class helicopter carrier JS Kaga on 22 March, almost two years after its sister ship (JS Izumo), during a ceremony held in Yokohama. 248-meter long vessel features five helipads and can carry 14 or more helicopters simultaneously as well as some F-35s and Osprey MV-22s. JS Kaga is planned to operate a complement of seven Mitsubishi-built SH-60 ASW helicopters and sev...
  • Japan's First Military Communications Satellite in Orbit
    Japan's First Military Communications Satellite in Orbit 26 January 2017
    Japan has launched its first military communications satellite Kirameki-2 on 24 January. The manufacturer of Kirameki-2 satellite (also known as DSN-2), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, informed that the satellite was launched aboard an H-IIA rocket from Japan's Tanegashima space port and successfully entered orbit. The satellite is the first of three X-band satellites Japan plans to launch amid growing Chinese military activity in the region.
  • Technical Feasibility Study on JNAAM To Be Completed in 2017
    Technical Feasibility Study on JNAAM To Be Completed in 2017 18 January 2017
    The technical feasibility studies of the Joint New Air-to-Air Missile (JNAAM) will be completed this year, announced by Japanese local media on 15 January. Developed in collaboration with the UK’s MBDA and Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric under a 2014 contract, JNAAM combines the UK's missile-related technologies and Japanese seeker technologies. The missile is based on Mitsubishi AAM-4, with enhanced operational range and higher accuracy.
  • F-35 Banzai
    F-35 Banzai 1 December 2016
    The first F-35 of Japan has been delivered to the Japanese Air Force during a ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base on 28 November. Having made its first flight this summer at Lockheed Martin’s facility at Fort Worth, Texas, F-35s’ pilotage training has henceforth begun. Japan will take the delivery of first four F-35s by the end of this year. The next 38 aircraft will be assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan.
  • Japan to set Fighter Jet Tender Worth $40 Billion 30 June 2016
    Japan will launch a tender for fighter jets as soon as mid-July, the Ministry of Defence said, in a deal seen worth up to $40 billion as Tokyo seeks to bolster its air defences amid creeping tension with China over disputed maritime borders.   In one of the biggest fighter jet contracts up for grabs in years, a ministry spokesman said Japan will contact foreign and domestic defence contractors soon after a July 5 deadline for expressions of interest in the tender for ...
  • Japan looks for Fighter Options 28 June 2016
    Japan’s defence ministry is requesting information for its next fighter program. The ministry issued Request for Information on fighter options. The ministry is seeking information on three alternatives: creating a new fighter type, modifying an existing one or importing. The aim is to replace the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) F-2.
  • Japan unveiled its first stealth fighter jet 28 January 2016
    Japan unveiled its first stealth fighter jet, officials said, with the maiden test flight planned for next month. The defence ministry's acquisition agency showed off the domestically developed, radar-dodging X-2 fighter at Nagoya Airport in Toyoyama town. Its first flight is scheduled in mid-February before delivery to the defence ministry by the end of March next year, the acquisition agency said. The X-2, developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, measures 14.2 metres long and 9.1 metre...
  • Alp Aviation Press Release 19 June 2015
    ALP AVIATION SIGNS $480 MILLION LONG-TERM AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE MACHINED PARTS FOR PRATT & WHITNEY’S PUREPOWER® ENGINE FAMILY Paris Air Show – Le Bourget , June 17, 2015 – Alp Aviation signed an eleven-year agreement with Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, potentially worth approximately $480 million, including raw material input costs. Under this agreement, ALP will provide large and small machined parts for the PW1200G engine for the Mitsubishi Region...