Monthly archive August, 2010

Hmm, this could be interesting for Japan

Via Stephen Trimble’s The DEW Line: VARIOUS. Notice the video has VARIOUS flying off a San Antonio-class LPD. I wonder if it could fly off a Shirane-class helicopter destroyer? Say, 4 VARIOUS-type aircraft, plus a Shirane’s two 5″ guns could provide effective naval gunfire and air support for a modest-sized naval landing force. A landing...

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GSDF choppers ordered to Pakistan–a/c breakdown

Kyodo says it’s 3 UH-1s and 3 CH-47s. (Link) I know, but really, how bad could Kyodo screw that up?

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Beijing proposes naval hotline

A few months ago the hotline between the Japanese Prime Minister’s office and the Chinese Premier was re-established. Now China is signaling it would like a hotline at a lower level to prevent or, failing that, defuse confrontations or at sea. “We have set up communication systems with the United States and South Korea, although...

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Boeing on the Super Hornet and Japan's F-X fighter program

Boeing on the Super Hornet and Japan’s F-X fighter program

  Last week a representative for Boeing contacted this blog and wanted to discuss the F-18 and the F-X program. I asked if I could email the company some questions, and the company agreed. Questions and answers appear below, unedited. Q: What kind of experience does Boeing have in working with the Air Self Defense...

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Japan to stage counter-invasion exercises

Japan, in conjunction with the United States, will stage wargames designed to simulate retaking one of the Nansei islands back from an enemy force. The exercises will be based on the newly compiled defense program for the Nansei Islands, which includes the Okinawa Islands. The primary location will be the Ground Self-Defense Force’s 4,900-hectare Hijudai...

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EagleSpeak on “The Cow’s Tongue”

Eagle1 at blog EagleSpeak has a post on the “The Cow’s Tongue”– the South China Sea–and it’s strategic importance to China. Of particular interest is the map that updated the post, of China’s strategic sea lanes: Three things that come to mind. 1. It’s easy to see how China could be choked off from the...

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F-X decision delayed, again

This is hardly unexpected. The ministry has narrowed down its choice of aircraft to replace Japan’s aging F-4 fighters to three types — the F-35 stealth fighter, the Eurofighter, and the F/A-18 — but delays in the development of its primary choice, the F-35, have prompted officials to delay seeking budget funds for their purchase....

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SDF helicopters going to Pakistan

Last week, the Pakistani government asked Japan to send helicopters to help deal with the humanitarian crisis sparked by the worst local flooding in 80 years. The mission has been approved and the helicopters will soon be on their way. Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa ordered the defence forces Thursday to prepare for the dispatch in...

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YouTube: Submarine in Tokyo Bay

A civilian fishing boat tapes its encounter with what appears to be an Oyashio-class diesel electric boat. Doing this in the U.S. to an American submarine would probably get you arrested by the Coast Guard.

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U.S. to Japan: on Senkaku islands near Chinese border, you’re on your own (Updated)

The U.S. administration has decided to not explicitly state that the Senkaku Islands, a chain of small, mostly uninhabited islands bordering Chinese territorial waters, are subject to the U.S. – Japan security treaty. Although the U.S. government has not officially changed its stance that the Japan-U.S. pact applies to the uninhabited East China Sea islets,...

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M. Star radar showed 2 small vessels before explosion

    So says Kyodo. Data retrieved from the tanker’s voyage data recorder shows two small vessels changing directions several times and making other suspicious moves, raising the possibility they may have been involved in the purported attack. The Japan Transport Safety Board and the government-run National Maritime Research Institute are analyzing images in the...

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GSDF engineering units build bridges

Via Japan Probe, a spot on Japanese TV in which the GSDF demonstrates bridgelaying capability. Most of the clip is about engineers building a pontoon bridge across a slow-moving river.  Two motor boats nudge the individual sections into position, which are then secured to one another. The clip only spends a brief amount of time...

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