reconnaissance
NY Times: "Japan Shifting Further Away From Pacifism"

NY Times: “Japan Shifting Further Away From Pacifism”

To be sure, the article itself is solid and talks to all the right people, including Professor Richard Samuels and Associate Professor Michishita Narushige who are both outstanding scholars of Japan’s security strategy. Ultimately, despite appearances below, the article doesn’t bother me all that much. But it provides a good opportunity to reflect on a few...

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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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Russian Flying Museum Visits Japan

  According to RIA Novrosti, five Russian military aircraft flew near Japan yesterday, causing Japanese air defenses to scramble. According to the ministry, a total of five Russian planes, including two Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, two Su-24 Fencer reconnaissance planes and an A-50 Mainstay airborne early warning and control aircraft skirted Japanese territory on Wednesday....

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Japan's Space Agency to Take On National Security Role

Japan’s Space Agency to Take On National Security Role

Japan’s answer to NASA — JAXA — is slated to add defense and intelligence tasks to its traditionally civilian role. Kyodo explains: A government panel on space program strategy plans to revise a law to allow the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to step outside its current commitment to peaceful projects and become involved in the...

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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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Toshiba and MoD go to war

Toshiba and MoD go to war

Toshiba and MoD return to court to fight for compensation following the cancellation of a contract which would have seen Toshiba upgrading F-15J fighters into reconnaissance planes.

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The Mainichi Rides Along with Japan's Senkaku Patrol

The Mainichi Rides Along with Japan's Senkaku Patrol

A reporter with the Mainichi Daily News goes on a ride-along on a MSDF P-3C Orion as it patrols the Senkaku archipelago. On this day, Oct. 13, I have been given the chance to come along with highly trained members of the MSDF’s 5th Aviation Group on a training flight over the East China Sea...

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Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

Japan Launches New Spy Satellite

The satellite, named Optical-4, is meant to keep an eye on the North Korean ballistic missile program. Originally set to launch in August, the mission was delayed until September 17 due to an issue with the launch vehicle’s range safety system (receiver). A local typhoon delayed the launch further, prior to the vehicle lifting off...

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Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Wanted: New Small Satellite Launch Vehicles for Japan

Japanese research into small satellites using aircraft as launch platforms is moving forward.

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Will Japan Shoot Down Its Own Spy Satellite?

Will Japan Shoot Down Its Own Spy Satellite?

Will the Japanese follow the Americans and shoot down their own satellite?

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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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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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