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The Japanese Ministry of Defense will strengthen monitoring of the military activity of neighboring countries
The Japanese Ministry of Defense intends to purchase three US strategic reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) RQ-4 Global Hawk to improve the monitoring system for the military activity of neighboring countries, NHK reports.
It is assumed that the drones will be deployed on the basis of the Misawa air defense forces in the north-east of the country and at the air base in the northern prefecture of Aomori. It is expected that the use of UAVs will begin in the spring of 2019.
As noted by the NHK television channel, the decision to acquire drones could be caused by the intensification of military actions in the DPRK and China adjacent to Japan.
In addition, the Japanese Ministry of Defense intends to purchase four deck-based long-range radar detection aircraft Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, with the ability to continuously scan from an angle of view of 360 degrees thanks to the installed mushroom-shaped rotating radome antenna radar AN / APY-9. Unlike the previous modification, the E-2D will also be able to coordinate air strikes against air, surface and surface surface targets.
In the summer of this year, the Ministry of Defense of Japan announced its intention in the 2015-2016 fiscal year (1 April 2015) to order several American Osprey MV-22 convertibles as part of the program to create an amphibious division of the country's self-defense forces.
In December 2013, the Japanese government passed the Medium Term Defense Plan. According to the document, Japan will spend about $ 247 billion on the rearmament of the self-defense forces from 2014 to 2018. It is assumed that the self-defense forces will receive 17 Osprey tiltrotors, which combine the functions of an airplane and a helicopter, 99 wheeled armored vehicles MCV (Maneuver Combat Vehicle), 52 armored amphibious vehicles and 28 new F-35 fighters. A second squadron of F-15 fighters, numbering up to 20 vehicles, will be created at the Okinawa Air Force Base.