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Defense Ministry requests record 5 trillion yen budget for FY2016

  • 2015-08-28 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: August 28, 2015 – p. 4)

 

 The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is requesting a record budget of 5.911 trillion yen for FY2016. Requested allocations relating to U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ) realignment represent an increase for three consecutive years, up by 36.6 billion yen from FY2015. In light of China’s maritime advances, the MOD plans to procure 17 SH-60K reconnaissance helicopters for surveillance of submarines and 12 Ospreys for island defense.

 

 The MOD explained and received approval of its budget requests at a joint meeting of concerned Liberal Democratic Party divisions on Aug. 27.

 

 Defense Minister Gen Nakatani stressed that, “The Ministry made spending requests for maintaining the security of sea areas and airspace around Japan and responding to attacks on remote islands, as well as for projects for to build integrated mobile capability (of the Ground, Maritime, and Air Self-Defense Force).”

 

 The key military hardware are all based on the Mid-term Defense Buildup Program for FY2014-2018, including the building of one Aegis ship, which is indispensable for missile defense, and the procurement of state-of-the-art F-35 fighters.

 

 The MOD also requested allocations to purchase new air tankers, transport aircraft, and high-speed maneuver combat vehicles (MCVs) with firepower comparable to tanks.

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