print PRINT

SECURITY > Self-Defense Forces

Some 40% of defense hardware specified in five-year plan underfunded

  • January 6, 2018
  • , Nikkei
  • JMH Summary

Saturday’s Nikkei wrote that about 40% of the planned defense equipment procurement and modernization specified in the present five-year Medium-Term Defense Program (MTDP) that runs through FY2018 has not been fully funded. Concern is growing among GOJ officials that the delayed procurement and modernization of such equipment as multipurpose helicopters, C-2 transport planes, and F-15s may undermine the SDF’s surveillance and reconnaissance operations as well as remote island defense in the face of China’s maritime advancement and North Korea’s provocations. Only 13 of the 23 major weapons systems that the Defense Ministry plans to acquire during the current MTDP have been fully financed, including two Aegis destroyers and 28 F-35As. The daily attributed the delay in part to a surge in development costs and other expenses for the advanced defense equipment.

  • Ambassador
  • Ukraine
  • COVID-19
  • Trending Japan