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Japan forms new Electronic Warfare Unit to protect its southern islands
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Japan forms new Electronic Warfare Unit to protect its southern islands

Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducts exercises in the South China Sea, mostly focused around amphibious assault activities, Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) announced its plans for establishing a new electronic warfare (EW) unit at Camp Kengun in Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu Island between...

Japan Confirms Scrapping US Aegis Ashore Missile Defence System
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Japan Confirms Scrapping US Aegis Ashore Missile Defence System

Japan has scrapped the deployment of a multibillion-dollar US anti-missile system, the government confirmed Thursday, days after saying the program had been suspended. Interceptors for the Aegis Ashore system were to be placed in two regions under the costly and controversial program. But the government reversed course under pressure from local residents concerned about the risks posed by...

Japan’s new missile defense destroyer starts sea trials amid Aegis Ashore saga
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Japan’s new missile defense destroyer starts sea trials amid Aegis Ashore saga

MELBOURNE, Australia — The last of Japan’s eight planned destroyers capable of intercepting ballistic missiles has started sea trials ahead of its commissioning, even as the country ponders its next move following its decision to suspend plans to introduce ground-based systems for that role. The destroyer Haguro left shipbuilder Japan Marine United Corporation’s shipyard at Isogo, near...

U.S., Japan Navies Exercise Together in South China Sea
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U.S., Japan Navies Exercise Together in South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA: Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kashima class-training vessel JS Kashima (TV-3508) and Shimayuki-class training vessel JS Shimayuki (TV-3513) conducted bilateral exercises while sailing together in the South China Sea, June 23. Gabrielle Giffords, Kashima and Shimayuki met at sea to practice and...

Japan aiming to develop prototypes of self-propelled mine system
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Japan aiming to develop prototypes of self-propelled mine system

The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) is aiming to develop two prototypes of a remotely operated, self-propelled mine system. The new systems, which were described by the MoD as “small expendable wireless unmanned underwater vehicles [UUVs]” carrying an explosive payload, are designed to be deployed to high-risk sea areas and loiter there until they are...