TOKYO, (BM) – The Japanese Self-Defense Forces have launched a space operations unit, which employs 20 people. It is reported by Japan Business Press, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
They plan to turn a small unit into a large structure in the future. The publication emphasizes that an important pillar for the project will be the cooperation of Japan and the United States in space.
The tasks of the unit will be the collection of information relevant to the security of Japan, a permanent monitor of outer space (to protect communication satellites and navigation), assessment in case of damage, its localization and elimination. The publication emphasized that Japanese satellites may be attacked by lasers or electronic interference.
Japan Business Press notes that space forces are necessary to confront Russia and China: countries are able to hit satellites, monitor other states in space, they also modernize the system of navigation satellites.
The publication recalled that Japan has reliable missiles – the H2A model took off 35 times in a row, the percentage of successful launches is 97.5 percent. However, in the field of space war the country was overtaken by Russia, the USA and China.
The ideology of the peaceful uses of outer space was shaken after North Korea launched a ballistic missile in 1998. In Japan, they decided that they were directly threatened by the DPRK and put spy satellites into orbit.
According to Rambler, plans for the creation of a space unit in Japan became known in the summer of 2020. It was reported that a new structure of 70 people will be deployed at the air force base of the Self-Defense Forces in the city of Futyu, west of Tokyo.
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