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Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force is overhauling its electronic warfare posture, both in force weight and capabilities. Reflecting ever-present tensions in East Asia, Japan’s Ministry of...

East Asian navies boost surface combat capabilities

The navies of Japan and South Korea have held individual ceremonies in Tamano and Ulsan on 22 March to mark major milestones for their...
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Northrop Grumman Completes Ferry Flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully ferried the first of Japan’s three RQ-4B Global Hawks via a non-stop transpacific flight. The aircraft departed on Thursday, March...
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Philippines receives first of two large coastguard vessels from Japan

The first of two 94 metre-long Multirole Response Vessels (MRRVs) on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has arrived home on 26 January....
Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Japan’s F-15JSI programme moves ahead

The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 30 December that it has awarded Boeing a US$471.3 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to...
South Korean president Moon Jae-in

Asian Air Force Modernisation

Regional tensions have forced the pace for regional air forces to buy new capability or update legacy platforms. The increasing prospects of a peer-on-peer...

Japan receives first KC-46A aerial refueller

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has received the first of four Boeing KC-46A air-to-air refuelling (AAR) tanker-transport aircraft on order, making it the...

Japan launches second Taigei-class diesel-electric attack submarine

Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has launched the second Taigei-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK), Hakugei (SS 514), ordered for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense...

Japan confirms fixed-wing STOVL aircraft capability aboard JS Izumo

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has confirmed the ability of its Izumo-class multipurpose destroyer to support launch and recovery operations of the short...
China’s Type 054A class frigate PLA (N) Yueyang (FF 575).

Chadburns Ring Full Ahead for Modernisation

The increasing pace of naval modernisation in the Indo-Pacific is fuelling regional industrial growth backed by the maturation of indigenous technology. The rise of China...

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