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 Japan Prepares to Produce Thousands of Long-Range Attack Cruise Missiles
Weapon / Missile Bilateral Relations Defence Politics

Japan Prepares to Produce Thousands of Long-Range Attack Cruise Missiles

An exclusive news report by Yomiuri Shimbun says the Japanese government is considering having over 1,000 of its long-range cruise missiles under development. Due to the recent Taiwan contingencies, these missiles will be stationed from the Nansei Islands (Ryukyu Islands) to Kyushu to bridge the “missile gap” with China. To produce a large number of missiles, the Ministry of Defence intends to request money in the FY 2023 budget to help the missile’s component suppliers ramp up their production.

Japan to Acquire AMRAAM's
Weapon / Missile Bilateral Relations

Japan to Acquire AMRAAM's

The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $293 million.

Japan Signs Contract For 12 New Naval OPVs
Navy / Maritime

Japan Signs Contract For 12 New Naval OPVs

Japan’s Ministry of Defence announced that a company had been selected to build the next-generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) that the JMSDF will operate.

Japan Commissions the Flagship of the Mogami-class frigate
Navy / Maritime

Japan Commissions the Flagship of the Mogami-class frigate

MHIdelivered the lead ship of the Mogami-class multi-mission stealth frigates to Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) at MHI's Nagasaki shipyard.

Japan Commissions the First new Mogami-class Frigate, JS Kumano
Navy / Maritime

Japan Commissions the First new Mogami-class Frigate, JS Kumano

The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) has commissioned its first new Mogami-class frigate.

ASDF Receives first RQ-4B Global Hawk
Unmanned Systems

ASDF Receives first RQ-4B Global Hawk

Northrop Grumman announced that the company delivered the first of Japan’s three RQ-4B Global Hawks to Japan, Misawa Air Base, Misawa.

Japan and the U.S. Hold F-35 Stealth Fighter Joint Drill For the First Time
Air

Japan and the U.S. Hold F-35 Stealth Fighter Joint Drill For the First Time

The Japan Air Self-Defence Force announced that it had undertaken its first joint exercise with the USAF, employing their respective F-35A fighters.

Japan sends military equipment to Ukraine
Bilateral Relations

Japan sends military equipment to Ukraine

The Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) has sent a KC-767 transport aircraft to Poland carrying military equipment, Tuesday (8/3/2022). The planes transported bulletproof vests, helmets, cold-weather suits.

Japan Commissions the First Taigei-class Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine
Navy / Maritime

Japan Commissions the First Taigei-class Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine

In a ceremony held on March 9 in Hyogo Prefecture, west-central Japan, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the first of the new Taigei-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK).

Japanese Media shows interest in Turkish UAVs
Navy / Maritime

Japanese Media shows interest in Turkish UAVs

Turkish drones have become a point of interest that most military experts would not assume until the war in Ukraine. They mainly flew Syria, Libya, and Armenia, where the air defence systems are weak. The war in Ukraine changed the perception because Russia has its own robust air defence systems. The S-400 hit the Ukrainian Su-27 Flanker but not TB2. While the flight of UAVs is a source of morale for Ukrainian civilians, Asia pays more and more interest to them. The CEO of Baykar Technologies, Haluk Bayraktar spoke about their system to Japanese Nikkei Asia Daily.

JAGUAR: UK and Japan to Cooperate on Fighter Jet Sensor
Air Bilateral Relations Sensors

JAGUAR: UK and Japan to Cooperate on Fighter Jet Sensor

The UK and Japan have signed a Letter of Arrangement (LoA) to jointly conduct cooperative research on a world-leading fighter jet sensor-to-sensor technology.

North Korean Missile Tests Force ROK and Japan to get Closer
Regional / Strategy

North Korean Missile Tests Force ROK and Japan to get Closer

North Korea’s military tests force two rival countries, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, to get closer.

Australia and Japan Sign Defence Pact Amid China Concerns
Navy / Maritime Regional / Strategy

Australia and Japan Sign Defence Pact Amid China Concerns

Australia and Japan will sign a treaty to strengthen defence and security cooperation amid China's rising military power in the Indo-Pacific region.

Japan Approves Allocating $445 Million for Four F-35Bs
Air Country

Japan Approves Allocating $445 Million for Four F-35Bs

Japan’s defence spending of 5.4 trillion yen renewed the record for eight consecutive years, while Tokyo will allocate $445 million to buy four F-35B fighters.