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U.S. drones may be deployed to SDF base in Kagoshima 

  • January 27, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that it learned from multiples GOJ sources on Wednesday that the governments of the United States and Japan are considering deploying seven to eight MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicles at the MSDF’s Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima Prefecture this spring or later. Some 100 U.S. military personnel are expected to be stationed at the base to handle the operation and maintenance of the aircraft. The Ministry of Defense is planning to give a briefing on the matter to the local community in the future. The paper speculated that the move is aimed at stepping up surveillance of China’s maritime activities around the Nansei Islands. 

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