unmanned systems
TRDI's New Toy: Unmanned 4x4

TRDI’s New Toy: Unmanned 4×4

Strike and Tactical magazine has an exclusive this month covering the Technical Research and Development Institute's new toy: an unmanned 4x4

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Key Figures from the MoD FY2013 Budget Request

Key Figures from the MoD FY2013 Budget Request

The Ministry of Defense publishes its FY2013 budget appropriations request including several previously unreported figures.

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Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

The Japanese MSDF once more catches a Chinese UAV in flight, but with shots of the deck, might we also learn more of the capacity of the ships carrying them?

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Asia Security Watch: Could downed U.S. drone benefit China?

Asia Security Watch: Could downed U.S. drone benefit China?

Reports of an intact US RQ-170 drone brought down by Iranian authorities have spurred widespread speculation that the drone or its sensitive technologies will be handed over to China. Taking into account a hypothetical situation in which Beijing got its hands on the drone, Wilson Chau assesses the implications on China's indigenous UAV programme.

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Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher: US Offered Unmanned Helicopters, Japan Concerned About Compensation

Kevin Maher's book, "The Japan that Can't Decide," describes a 2-week interrogation of the US by Japan over the list of equipment it could provide to help the relief effort - was the Japanese government overly concerned with the cost? Is this PM Kan's fault? The Sankei Shimbun says yes.

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GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part Two]

GSDF Fuji School 57th Open Day 2011 [Part Two]

On July 10th, 2011, the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Fuji School of Combined Arms threw open its gates for the annual open day. James Simpson reports on the disaster relief display on show that day.

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UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year's Miyakojima Run

UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year’s Miyakojima Run

The recent sighting of a shipborne Chinese UAV only partly explains the importance of this year's training exercise: it was a display of China's growing naval capabilities and technological development.

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Chinese UAV spotted by MSDF Aircraft

Chinese UAV spotted by MSDF Aircraft

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft spotted a Chinese UAV in the air around a Chinese fleet on a training cruise, this is the first confirmed sighting of a Chinese UAV.

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Kitazawa: Bring Them In and Send Them Abroad!

Kitazawa: Bring Them In and Send Them Abroad!

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa announced plans to equip the SDF with robots for use against nuclear accidents as part of its international relief capability.

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Guest Post: The Skin and Bones of J.Robot

Guest Post: The Skin and Bones of J.Robot

Guest post by from Gavan Gray, prolific commentator at JSW, who is currently a lecturer at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and a PhD Candidate with Leicester University's Department of International Relations where he is researching developments in the Japanese defense industry.

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Kitazawa: Bring in the Drones!

Kitazawa: Bring in the Drones!

Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa: It's ironic that US-made robots were initially used to deal with the nuclear disaster, even though Japan is a world leader in robot technology.

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What “Burden”?

What “Burden”?

Here’s another guest post from JSW contributor Shino Hateruma. This is an introductory post by Shino on U.S. – Japanese relations and the bases on Okinawa. Shino is Japanese but identifies herself as Okinawan. Congratulations to Shino for being accepted into the Ph.D. program at Waseda University! Considering the concentration of the military stationed there,...

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