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SDF to launch 100-member space surveillance unit in 2022

  • April 14, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei front-paged a report on Sunday saying that the Defense Ministry has decided to establish a 100-member space surveillance unit in FY2022, aiming at full operation in FY2023. The new unit will set up dedicated radars in Yamaguchi Prefecture and share information on space debris and suspicious satellite movements with U.S. Forces, as well as cooperate in building an international surveillance network with the Five Eyes intelligence alliance comprising the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. Prospective members of the new SDF unit have already been dispatched to a U.S. air base in Colorado for space-related training.

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