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  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Aircraft Carrier in the Philippines
    Aircraft Carrier in the Philippines August 10 2019
    The U.S. Navy announced that the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in the Philippines, Manila, August 7. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group includes Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54).   “This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership and alliance with the Philippines, as well as a testament to our...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ
    ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ April 30 2019
    The GÖKDENİZ Close Air Defence System for Marine Platforms (YHSS), which was developed as a result of the adaptation of KORKUT Self-Propelled Gun Barrelled Low-Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to marine platforms under the scope of the contract executed by the Presidency for Defence Industries, was introduced at IDEF’19 at ASELSAN’s stand with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of A...
  • 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...
  • 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 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.  
  • Taiwan to Develop 5th-Gen Fighter Jets March 9 2019
    Taiwan is building its own next-generation fighter jets while seeking to acquire the latest fighters from the United States, Taiwanese Defence Ministry said on Thursday. Wu Pao-kun, director of the ministry's Department of Strategic Planning, told a press conference that the next-generation aircraft must possess stealth characteristics and be capable of short take-offs, without elaborating. Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, head of the air force command's planning division, ...
  • Japan’s Ninja Helicopters Back on the Air
    Japan’s Ninja Helicopters Back on the Air March 8 2019
    Japan Ground Self-Defence Force’s (JGSDF) OH-1 Ninja light observation helicopter fleet resumed on March 1, 2019, after a gap of nearly four years. The helicopter fleet was grounded following a crash in February 2015. The crash was attributed to faulty engine parts, according to Scramble Magazine. The OH-1 is manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the JGSDF. The helicopter is a successor to the OH-6D helicopter of the JGSDF.
  • Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer
    Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer March 6 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...
  • New UGV from MBDA
    New UGV from MBDA February 19 2019
    MBDA and Milrem Robotics exhibited their new UGV systems at IDEX 2019. MBDA, has announced feasibility works for system has started eight months ago. The system is a combination of the THeMIS UGV system by Milrem Robotics and the MBDA production IMPACT (Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret) s equipped with a machine gun for self-defence. The system with low heat and acoustic signals stands out with its low detectability.
  • 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...
  • 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 to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker
    Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker December 10 2018
    apan has signed for the second of four Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft it plans to field from 2020. A Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract for a single aircraft for Japan was announced by the US Department of Defence (DoD) on 6 December, following the award of the first aircraft in December 2017. While that first award included support and was valued at USD279 million, this latest contract is for the aircraft only and is valued at USD159 million. The first KC-46A is ...
  • 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 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. <...
  • 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...
  • Kuwaiti Hornet's Self-Defence Capability Increasing
    Kuwaiti Hornet's Self-Defence Capability Increasing August 1 2018
    Kuwait has decided to upgrade the capabilities of the F/A-18 C/D aircraft in its inventory. With this decision, the defence capabilities of the planes will be increased. Activities to be carried out under the program will take place in 2021. Under the program, Kuwait, which signed an agreement with Raytheon for US $ 32 million to procure CD-108B / ALE-50 (V) countermeasure system. Kuwait will procure 38 units. Systems will have an Integrated Multi-Platform Launch Controller (IMPLC)....
  • Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1)
    Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1) May 11 2018
    At a time when Russia, thanks to its Cold War behaviour, drives the rest of the world towards anxiety and new strategies, NATO once again assumes importance as an old and friendly assembly. Born as a counterforce to the rising Soviet threat in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, what were the dynamics upon which NATO was built? Was this a timeless collective defence attempt without a shelf life; or was it programmed to last so long as the threat endured? NATO is based o...
  • The First KC-390 of Brazil To Be Delivered in 2018
    The First KC-390 of Brazil To Be Delivered in 2018 April 3 2018
    Brazilian Air Force is to receive the first KC-390 aircraft from Embraer in the second half of this year. Before the aircraft is handed over, flight refueling, cargo handling and release testing and self-defence systems test flights will be carried out in several regions of the country. 
  • Israel's New Decoy Unveiled in Singapore
    Israel's New Decoy Unveiled in Singapore February 8 2018
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new self-protection towed decoy electronic warfare system which provides an added layer of self-defence for aircrafts.  Developed by  IAI's intelligence subsidiary ELTA Group, is towed by the aircraft, and providing protection it by luring radar-guided missiles. The new ELL-8270 towed decoy is being displayed at Singapore Airshow 2018. According to the company, ELL-8270 is completely autonomous, does not ...
  • Self Defence Mission for F-35
    Self Defence Mission for F-35 January 24 2018
    Japan is to deploy its first F-35 aircraft to Misawa base later this month. Japan Air Self-Defence Force plans to deploy 9 out of 42 aircraft contracted for the service by the end of 2018. The advanced aircraft is Japan's next-generation mainstay fighter under a Defence Ministry plan. 
  • Japan interested in getting EA-18G as EW aircraft
    Japan interested in getting EA-18G as EW aircraft January 1 2018
    Japan Nikkei says Tokyo is taking a look at getting electronic-warfare aircraft. Daily claims that Boeing’s EA-18G is one of the options being explored. The news outlet says the Defence Ministry plans to officially put in a request to buy these specialized aircraft in the Mid-Term Defence Program at the end of the year. Once approved, the acquisition will take place between 2019 to 2023. Japan looks to deploy electronic-warfare aircraft that can neutralize enemy air ...
  • USN Detailed Requirements
    USN Detailed Requirements July 11 2017
    The US Navy is looking to add a new multimission guided-missile frigate into its assets with the RFI issued on 10 July. The navy, who wants the ship to be equipped with the latest combat and mechanical systems, expects the vessel to be able to fully integrate with a carrier strike group as much as to operate independently in high-end threat environments.  The navy, who needs a cost- and time-effective solution, chose to proceed over a current design in ...
  • Japan To Conduct Simulated Exercise Against China-Taiwan
    Japan To Conduct Simulated Exercise Against China-Taiwan January 23 2017
    Japan is to carry out a simulated military exercise next week, in response to a presumptive conflict between the country and China and Taiwan. The exercise will begin on Monday and continue until Friday same week. According to Japanese Government’s statement, The US military will participate the drill as an observer. Japan has a new legislation, expanding the powers of the country’s Self-Defence Forces beyond self-defence and enabling Japanese troops to engage in combat overseas.<...
  • Japan Unveiled Its 8x8
    Japan Unveiled Its 8x8 January 14 2017
    Japan demonstrated its armored vehicle production capabilities with  Komatsu Limited's 8x8 personnel carrier. Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) expects the vehicle to replace current Type 96s. The vehicle is armed with a .50 calibre M-2HN machine gun and 40 mm grenade launcher. Weighing approximately 20 tonnes, 8,4 meter-long vehicle is able to carry 11 troops. Japan spent $41 million for development of this vehicle. The trials will continue until 2019. There has been n...
  • JMSDF destroyer encounters Liaoning carrier group on its way to Western Pacific
    JMSDF destroyer encounters Liaoning carrier group on its way to Western Pacific December 25 2016
    Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Atago class guided missile destroyer JS Ashigara (DDG-178) has encountered Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning  on the East China Sea.. The Chinese carrier was escorted by three destroyers (052D/172, 052C /151-171)  three frigates (054A /538- 547, 056A /594) and one supply ship (903A/966) and the group was heading towards the Western Pacific.
  • IAI Delivers First AEW Aircraft to Italy
    IAI Delivers First AEW Aircraft to Italy December 22 2016
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), delivered first of two Conformal Airborne Early Warning& Control System  (CAEW) aircraft to Italy with a ceremony. The CAEW, developed by IAI subsidiary, ELTA systems,  is installed on the G-550 Gulfstream aircraft. The second aircraft is expected to be delivered to the Italian Air Force during 2017. The aircraft are equipped with advanced mission systems including radar, electronic intelligence, self-defence and advanced communicatio...
  • First Tactical A400M of German Air Force Delivered
    First Tactical A400M of German Air Force Delivered December 13 2016
    Airbus Defence and Space announced on 12 December that the delivery of sixth A400M transport aircraft to German Air Force has been realized. This will be the first aircraft qualified for tactical operations, although the first five will be retrofitted to the new standards, as well. The aircraft received improvements in self-defence systems, ability to air-drop cargo loads, and paratrooping in addition to its transport and refuelling capabilities. This latest configuarion of A400M is certified...
  • French Defence Minister blames Airbus for A400M delays
    French Defence Minister blames Airbus for A400M delays November 12 2016
    French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has publicly blamed Airbus for failing to deliver operational A400Ms. “The problem is the company,” Le Drian told the defence committee of the lower house National Assembly on Nov. 2, the official minutes of which were recently released. “Today, the A400Ms delivered are not operational – and the problem does not concern just France: that is the case everywhere. Le Drian mentioned chief executive of Airbus group Tom E...
  • Presence Demonstration in Asia-Pacific
    Presence Demonstration in Asia-Pacific October 26 2016
    The US Navy deployed its Los Angeles class nuclear powered attack submarine USS Columbia in United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka on 25 October. The routine visit of the submarine demonstrates the US military presence in Asia-Pacific Region and aims to support Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. The deployment also contributes to regional stability and maritime security. With its 110 m length and 10 m beam USS Columbia has a submerged displacement of 6 thousand 818 tonnes. The submarine is a...
  • Japan to order 12 AW101 helicopters June 24 2016
    Italian Leonardo Helicopters is in discussions with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force for a follow-on order of a dozen AgustaWestland AW101 rotorcraft. Speaking at Eurosatory media briefing, Giovanni Soccodato, Leonardo’s executive vice-president for strategies, markets and business development, said the company was “close to finalising” a new contract with Tokyo. Japan to order 12 AW101 helicopters.
  • Japan’s F-35s Will Be flying by end of 2016 May 15 2016
    The first four F-35 airplanes earmarked for Japan will roll off a production line in Fort Worth, Texas, in November and Japan Air Self-Defence Force pilots will fly the F-35A Lightning II fighter jet for the first time by end of 2016. F-35s will be stationed at Misawa alongside U.S. F-16s from the 35th Fighter Wing.
  • Japan Commissions New Stealth Attack Submarine March 26 2016
    The new diesel-electric attack submarine christened the JS Jinryu, was handed over to the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force   (JMSDF)last week. The JS Jinryu is the seventh Soryu-class submarine delivered to the JMSDF and the fourth built by MHI. Japan’s Ministry of Defence announced last year that it plans to equip all future Soryu-class subs with lithium-ion batteries.
  • SeaRAM succeeds at live fire test March 11 2016
    USS Porter (DDG 78), completed on March 4 a live-fire test from a SeaRAM missile system and became the first U.S. Navy destroyer to do so. SeaRAM, which replaced Porter’s Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) mount, is a self-contained detect-to-engage ship self-defence capability that combines the sensor systems of a CIWS with an 11-round Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher. The SeaRAM installation took place as a response to a formal Urgent Operational Need for forward-deploy...
  • Japan Doubles Number of F-15Js February 1 2016
    On disputed islands in the East China Sea   Japan has doubled the number of F-15J fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan defence ministry declared. Japan's Air Self-Defence Force was about 20 F-15Js on Okinawa's Naha air base and now about 40, according to the ministry. The move comes as Japan and China have routinely clashed over ownership of the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Japan...