Monthly archive December, 2010

Keen Sword 2011 (updated)

–Updated 12/10/10 – Keen Sword exercises have ended. Here’s a wrap photo. I count 25 ships. I figure at least half of those ships are Japanese. All of the major Japanese combatants — Hyuga, Kunisaki, Kongo, and Shirane are present. That’s USS Houston in front. Why aren’t there any Japanese submarines in the formation? (Then...

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Japan to upgrade ASDF AWACS

Japan is upgrading all four of its E-767 AWACS aircraft with new electronics suites. According to FlightGlobal, the kits, known as RSIP (Radar Systems Improvement Program): “RSIP increases the AWACS aircraft’s radar sensitivity, allowing it to detect and track smaller targets,” the company said. “It also improves the radar’s existing computer with a new high-reliability...

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