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    Japan puts military on alert for possible North Korean missile test


    Japan has put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch after indications it is preparing for a test firing, two people with direct knowledge of the order told Reuters on Friday.

    "Increased activity at North Korea's missile site suggests that there may be a launch in the next few weeks," said one of the sources, both of whom declined to be identified because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missile-japan-idUSKCN0V70IB

    Japan sets up anti-air missiles in Tokyo to boost defense against N. Korea

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    Japan says it has deployed two Patriot missile interceptors in Tokyo to counter North Korea’s activity. The deployment comes amid reports that Pyongyang is preparing for a space rocket launch.
    Two ground-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) launchers were installed near the Defense Ministry’s headquarters on Saturday morning, according to the Japan News website. The Ministry said they had been set up as a safeguard in case it became necessary to shoot down a North Korean missile or any debris that might fall from one onto Japanese territory.

    The ground-to-air units are to be placed mainly in the Okinawa Prefecture and Tokyo metropolitan area, as there are fears that these are the two locations North Korean missiles might hit.

    Earlier this week, Japan’s Defense Minister, General Nakatani, announced that he had issued a “destructive measures order,” which authorizes the country’s armed forces to destroy long-range ballistic missiles if they pose any danger to Japan. The announcement was made at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday.

    Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force is not the only Japanese military branch boosting its capabilities. The country’s Marine Self-Defense Force is also increasing its preparedness by deploying Aegis-equipped destroyers in the Sea of Japan and other areas, the Japan News reported.

    “We cannot rule out the possibility [North Korea] will do something provocative without prior warning, such as launching a ballistic missile. The government’s readiness will be rock-solid to protect the people’s lives,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.


    North Korea has been under close scrutiny by the international community since Pyongyang claimed that on January 6 it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb in its fourth nuclear test.

    Concerns that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile surfaced in media reports citing Japanese and US officials on Friday. US sources told the Kyodo news agency that satellite imagery indicates an imminent space launch.

    https://www.rt.com/news/330742-japan-missile-defense-north-korea/
     
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    First flight of X-2 (ATD-X) stealth demonstrator:

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    From my understanding this is just a demonstrator, they will develop something different later this decade and into the 2020's. I guess the F-35 is a stopgap solution for the Japanese.
     
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    Northrop Grumman Begins Work on Second Japanese E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va., Aug. 3, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a U.S. Navy contract to begin production of a second Japanese E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning (AEW) and surveillance aircraft.

    The first Japanese E-2D is in production and will be delivered in 2018.

    The aircraft will be produced at the company's Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Florida. Northrop Grumman will manufacture the Japanese E-2D on the same multiyear production line used for U.S. aircraft, which allows for a more efficient and affordable delivery schedule. The E-2D is the world's only AEW aircraft in production.

    "For more than 50 years, Northrop Grumman has partnered with Japan by providing a range of capabilities and technologies in defense, security and communications," said Jane Bishop, vice president, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programs, Northrop Grumman. "We are honored to continue this strong partnership through the E-2D program, which brings Japan a powerful new tool that meets their immediate airborne surveillance needs and facilitates information sharing across many platforms, making it a force multiplier for the future as well."

    In 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Defense competitively selected the E-2D to fulfill the nation's AEW requirements. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has operated the E-2C Hawkeye since the 1983. The E-2C is also currently used by Taiwan, France and Egypt.

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    Japan Seeks Record High Defense Budget

    The Japanese Defense Ministry plans to seek a record-high budget of 5.17 trillion yen ($51.7 billion) for fiscal 2017, and aims to boost production of advanced missile interceptors to respond to increasing threats by North Korea, a government source said Thursday.

    For the first time ever, the ministry is planning to allocate funds to acquire ship-based Standard Missile-3 Block 2A missiles, which have been jointly developed with the United States, the source said.

    For the budget year starting next April, the Defense Ministry is also aiming to secure funds for improving the capacity of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors, according to the source.

    http://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/politics/defense-ministry-to-seek-record-high-budget

    I didn't know that we jointly designed the SM3 with Japan. :involve:

    And it looks like an indigenous Japanese upgrade for PAC 3, at least that's what I understand when they talk about improving its capability.
     
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    State Department Clears $1.9B Sale of KC-46A Tankers to Japan

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    WASHINGTON — The US State Department on Wednesday approved a potential $1.9 billion sale of KC-46A refueling tankers to Japan, moving Boeing one step closer to finalizing its first international deal for the aircraft.

    According to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency notice, the proposed deal includes four KC-46A aircraft, the associated Pratt & Whitney Model 4062 engines needed to power the plane, plus one additional spare. Japan would also receive training and support as part of the agreement.

    Those aircraft will be equipped with the ALR-69A Radar Warning Receiver and Miniaturized Airborne GPS Receiver — both from Raytheon — as well as Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-24(V) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system.

    Japan announced its intention to buy the KC-46 last October. The agreement was a major coup for Boeing, which has fought to find its first foreign customer for the tanker.

    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/state-department-clears-19b-sale-of-kc-46a-tankers-to-japan

    The latest tech!!!!
     
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