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MOD studies deployment of drones around Japan to track hypersonic weapons

  • May 1, 2022
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Sunday’s Sankei highlighted a Defense Ministry proposal on deploying over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea around the clock dozens of fixed-wing drones that can fly for long periods of time without refueling to monitor the airspace around the Japanese archipelago for incoming hypersonic glider vehicles and other missiles that travel at between 5 and 25 times the speed of sound because it might not be possible to intercept such ultra-high-speed projectiles using existing missile defense platforms. The ministry has reportedly sought 100 million yen ($770,000) in research funding for the project in FY2022. The daily said the proposal will complement the U.S. military’s “satellite constellation” initiative aimed at observing missile activity by deploying numerous low-orbit satellites equipped with smart sensors. The ministry has already identified several types of UAVs, including those developed by U.S. companies, as potential candidates.

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