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Japan Faces Uncertainty in Fighter Jet Export Plans
Air Defence Politics

Japan Faces Uncertainty in Fighter Jet Export Plans

Disagreements between Japan’s ruling parties have brought uncertainty to exporting fighter jets developed under the GCAP program to third-world countries.

Japanese iQPS Satellite Startup to Expand Production
Space Sensors

Japanese iQPS Satellite Startup to Expand Production

After trading its shares, iQPS, which specialises in SAR satellites, will expand production capacity with the raised money.

Japan Grounds Ospreys due to the Fire at Engine
Air

Japan Grounds Ospreys due to the Fire at Engine

The engine fire at a U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft grounds all vehicles. The aircraft flying in helicopter mode caught on fire.

Japan Acquires $2.35 Billion Worth Tomahawk
Weapon / Missile

Japan Acquires $2.35 Billion Worth Tomahawk

U.S. approved a possible FMS to Japan of 400 Tomahawk Weapon Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.35 billion.

Japan to Acquire RAM
Weapon / Missile

Japan to Acquire RAM

Japan buys Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2B Tactical Missiles to provide Close-in Weapon System against Anti-Ship Missiles (ASM).

Japan to Construct 12 Frigates in Five Years
Navy / Maritime

Japan to Construct 12 Frigates in Five Years

Japan Defence Ministry stated that it will construct the evolution of the 'Mogami' class 12 frigates of the FFM type in the period 2024-2028.

Japan Conducts Research on Electromagnetic Railgun
Weapon / Missile

Japan Conducts Research on Electromagnetic Railgun

Japan announces that it is conducting research on Electromagnetic Railgun, a study in which Europe and China are working, and the U.S. declared pausing.

Japan Boosts its Defence: $53B Budget Request
Defence Politics

Japan Boosts its Defence: $53B Budget Request

Japan boosts its defence as the ministry requested a record budget worth $53 billion for the fiscal year 2024 to be presented to the Parliament in January.

Japan Steel Works will Manufacture Patria’s AMV XP 8X8
Land

Japan Steel Works will Manufacture Patria’s AMV XP 8X8

Patria and Japan Steel Works agreed to manufacture Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP 8×8 in Japan to replace the Type-96 8X8 vehicles in use.

Japan to Acquire JASSM-ER for F-15Js
Weapon / Missile

Japan to Acquire JASSM-ER for F-15Js

The State Department approved a possible FMS to Japan of Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles with Extended Range for an estimated cost of $104 million.

U.S. and Japan Cooperate to Intercept Hypersonic Missiles
Weapon / Missile

U.S. and Japan Cooperate to Intercept Hypersonic Missiles

U.S. Department of Defence stated that Japan and the U.S. will start to work on a hypersonic missile interceptor project.

Saudi Arabia Insists on Joining the GCAP
Air Bilateral Relations

Saudi Arabia Insists on Joining the GCAP

Saudi Arabia wants to participate in the UK-led GCAP. The United Kingdom and Italy welcome the addition of the oil-rich country, but Japan has reservations.

Japan to Convert C-2 into Gunship
Air Defence Politics

Japan to Convert C-2 into Gunship

The Japanese Ministry of Defence plans to launch a long-range missile from a Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft as part of its defence strategy.

Nikkei: France Axes NATO’s Relations in the Pacific
Regional / Strategy Defence Politics Bilateral Relations

Nikkei: France Axes NATO’s Relations in the Pacific

France opposed NATO establishing a liaison office in Tokyo to secure its relations with China.