Posts tagged "hardware"
Hardware Monday: J/FPS-5 Fixed 3D Radar

Hardware Monday: J/FPS-5 Fixed 3D Radar

The FPS-5 is Japan’s most advanced fixed radar installation in its ballistic missile defense system. Its distinctive tortoise shell-like dome covers have earned it the nickname ‘Gamera radar’ after Godzilla’s turtle-derived rival. Mitsubishi Electric produce the 34-metres high structures containing three antennae of between 12- and 18-metre diameter. The FPS-5 prototype was constructed at the...

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Defense Ministry considering UAV option

Defense Ministry considering UAV option

Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk via Wikipedia On December 30, the Daily Yomiuri reported that Japan is looking into UAV technology for the surveillance of China and North Korea. This is backed up by the Midterm Defense Buildup Program from 2011, which the Cabinet approved on December 17. The paper’s sources in Ichigaya stated that senior...

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Defence Hardware Monday: Type 10 Tank

Defence Hardware Monday: Type 10 Tank

Type 10 Tank via Shuukan Obiekt In 2011, the GSDF will receive thirteen Type 10 tanks (formerly known as the TK-X) from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The Type 10 is Japan’s fourth generation of  domestically-made postwar main battle tanks, following the Type 61, Type 74, and Type 90. Designed for anti-armour and counter-insurgency contingencies, it carries...

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