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Defense Ministry launches its first satellite

  • January 25, 2017
  • , Asahi
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Most papers reported on the successful launch on Tuesday of an H-2A rocket carrying the Kirameki-2 defense communications satellite. The first-ever communications satellite to be operated by the Defense Ministry is expected to improve the communication capabilities of the SDF by facilitating direct communications among its three forces. The SDF had previously relied on civilian satellites. The ministry plans to launch two more satellites by the end of fiscal 2020.

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