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Japan to have unmanned attack fighter jet in 2035, MoD said

The Japanese Ministry of Defense is planning significant investments in its air force. According to Junnosuke Kobara, author of the Japanese online publication Nikkei Asia, the Land of the Rising Sun is beginning to develop unmanned attack fighter.

Japan and US unite against China and Russia

The governments of Japan and the United States will work together to prepare a missile detection and tracking system using numerous small satellites. They will be launched into an orbit with an altitude of 300-1000 kilometers.

Japan released data on a promising hypersonic missile

Earlier, the Japanese announced the creation of two such complexes: the Hypersonic Cruising Missile (HCM) hypersonic cruise missile and the Hyper Velocity Gliding Projectiles (HVGP) complex, which consists of a solid fuel rocket and a planning warhead

Japan begins to develop a new own stealth fighter jet

A special group to develop the successor to the Japanese F-2 fighter was created by the Procurement, Technology and Logistics Agency of the Ministry of Defense of Japan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Japan Times.

Japan joins hypersonic weapons race

HCM is supposed to be equipped with a hypersonic ramjet engine, it will look like an ordinary rocket, but fly at a much higher speed and have a long flight range.

Japan launched spy satellite to monitor North Korea’s nuclear and missile sites

TOKYO, (BM) - Japan on Sunday launched the new Optical 7 reconnaissance satellite from Tanegashima Cosmodrome in southwestern Kagoshima Prefecture. This was announced by the developer of the orbiter Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: Military and defense analyzes, comments, opinions and rating – Defweek.com

Why Japan sent its military contingent to the Middle East?

TOKYO, (BM) - Japanese authorities deployed the Takanami missile destroyer to patrol the Gulf of Oman. This was reported by the office of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Earlier, as part of this operation, two aircraft flew from the base in Okinawa. Read more: Military and defense analyzes, comments, opinions and rating – Defweek.com

Russian-Japanese joint exercises started in the Arabian Sea

TOKYO, (BM) - Russian-Japanese exercises started in the Arabian Sea, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting first-rank captain Roman Martov, a spokesman for the Baltic Fleet. Read more: Military and defense analyzes, comments, opinions and rating – Defweek.com “A detachment of the Baltic Fleet’s ships consisting of the Yaroslav the Wise

Russia sees threat of US strike missile deployment in Japan, Lavrov said

RUSSIA, (BM) - Moscow does not suspect Tokyo of having malicious intentions against Russia, but cannot but take into account the deployment of US strike weapons at its borders, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov statement. Read more: Military and defense analyzes, comments, opinions and rating –

Japan wants to defend itself against the North Korean version of Iskander

TOKYO, (BM) - In 2020, Japan plans to develop a national missile defense system capable of intercepting ballistic missiles with a complex flight path, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according Japanese media reports. Read more: Japan might send military units in Middle East to collect intelligence data Japan intends to deeply modernize its

Japan might send military units in Middle East to collect intelligence data

TOKYO, (BM) - The Japanese government is working on a plan to send units of the Naval Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East to collect intelligence, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according report of China Military portal close to the PLA. Read more: Russia warned of a threat from the East – Japan can create 6,000 nuclear bombs Also in

Capt. Miho Otani became the first woman to take the helm of an Aegis destroyer

KYOTO, (BM) - Capt. Miho Otani on Monday became the first woman to take the helm of an Aegis destroyer, pledging to set an example for other female sailors to follow, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting The Japan Times. Read more: The Japanese Navy Was Equipped with New Modern and Attacking Submarine “I expect you to pursue our missions

Russia warned of a threat from the East – Japan can create 6,000 nuclear bombs

MOSCOW, (BM) - Japan can quickly enter the nuclear club. According to Chinese media, Tokyo can now produce thousands of nuclear bombs. Experts believe that Japan with nuclear technology can create nuclear weapons quickly enough. Although, to do this for her for certain reasons is not very simple. But if Japan creates a nuclear bomb, then Russia

The Japanese Navy Was Equipped with New Modern and Attacking Submarine

TOKYO, (BM) - Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has launched the second Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) equipped with lithium-ion batteries, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Jane`s. Read more: Second Maya-class Destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Japan Will Receive Follow-on Tech-Support of Its AEGIS Destroyers Totalling $140M

WASHINGTON, (BM) - The Government of Japan has requested to buy Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) sustainment and services in support of eight (8) Japan AEGIS Destroyers consisting of four (4) KONGO Class Destroyers, two (2) ATAGO Class Destroyers, two (2) MAYA Class Destroyers and one (1) Japanese Computer Test Site (JCPTS), learned

Japanese Armed Forces Will Test Finnish Armored Vehicle by Patria

TOKYO, (BM) - Patria’s armoured modular vehicle AMVXP has been chosen to a one-year field testing in Japan after a competitive bidding, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defence 360 Europe. The Japanese Ministry of Defence will buy two vehicles from Patria for the tests. Two other companies have been selected to deliver their vehicles to

Japan Spends $3.3B for Ship Missile System

WASHINGTON, (BM) - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of up to seventy-three (73) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA with support for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: Second Maya-class Destroyer for the Japan Maritime

Second Maya-class Destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

TOKYO, (BM) - Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation launched the second of two Maya (Improved Atago)-class destroyers on order for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on 17 July, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Jane`s. Named Haguro (pennant number 180), the 170 m-long vessel entered the water in a ceremony

South Korea Buys U.S. Missiles for $314 Million, Japan Also Wants to Buy

SEOUL, South Korea (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The U.S. State Department has cleared $314 million (£247 million) in possible sales of air defence missiles to South Korea, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Reuters. South Korea, a key Asian ally of the United States, asked to buy up to 94 SM-2 missiles used by ships against air threats,

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force Confirmed that a Missing F-35A has Crashed

TOKYO, Japan (BulgarianMilitary.com) - The Japan Air Self-Defense Force confirmed Wednesday morning local time that a missing F-35A has crashed, pointing to debris sighted and recovered Tuesday night by ships and helicopters searching for the aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Defense News. The pilot remains missing. U.S.

Japan Is to Receive a Second KC-46 Tanker from Boeing

EVERETT, Washington, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Earlier this week, 10th December 2018, Boeing revealed that the U.S. Air Force has exercised the option for the Japan Air Self-Defence Force’s second Boeing KC-46 tanker through the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) process, learned BulgarianMilitary.com Read more: GA-ASI Is in Search of

GA-ASI Is in Search of Partnerships in Japan

SAN DIEGO/TOKYO (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), is in search of establishing partnerships with defence industry suppliers and related businesses in Japan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com That was revealed by the company last week on…

Japan is on the Way of Boasting about its First F-35 Operational Unit

TOKYO, Japan (BulgarianMilitary.com) — As reported by a senior official with Japan’s F-35 program, Japan is on the way of boasting about its first F-35 operational unit after the graduation of its first locally trained class of five F-35 pilots, learned BulgarianMilitary.com The JASDF (Japan Air Self-Defence Force) F-35 aircraft are assigned to…

Another Successful Test of the Japanese Aegis Destroyer Atago

WASHINGTON, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 13 September 2018, Editor: Bm Team, Photo credit: MC2 Jon Dasbach, US Navy/The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Atago-class guided missile destroyer JS Atago departs Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific 2010. The US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) announced in a release that the…

Japan May Receive up to Nine Early-Warning Aircraft

WASHINGTON, D.C., the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 11 September 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: John Germana, Northrop Grumman/The first US Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye equipped with aerial refuelling. Japan may receive up to nine early-warning aircraft at the amount of an estimated $3.1 billion as the possible sale is approved by…

The First of Two 27DDG Destroyers Ordered by Japan Is Launched

TOKYO, Japan (BulgarianMilitary.com), 1 August 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force The first of a new subclass of guided-missile destroyers with ballistic missile defence capabilities was launched on 30th July 2018 by the builder Japan Marine United for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force…

Washington, Seoul and Tokyo began two-day joint military exercises

Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang March 31, 2014 (MEDIAPOOL) (Photo by Reuters) - US, South Korean and Japanese forces have begun joint military exercises, the South Korean army said, quoted by…

Russia confronts Tokyo over defence alliance with Washington, US

Russia is concerned that Japan could be allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for the US military in north Asia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov furthered that the concern was that this was being initiated under the pretext of countering North Korea. The Russian foreign minister’s remarks came at a joint press conference with…

Japan Needs Long-Range Strike Capabilities

There is a term to describe the mindset of Japanese people who put so much faith in Japan’s peace constitution that they are complacent about security threats. They are said to suffer from heiwa-boke. With North Korea demonstrating increasingly sophisticated missiles and threating to sink the country with nuclear weapons, heiwa-boke is a luxury the…