One of the world's most densely networked countries, Japan is worried after North Korea claimed its nuclear weapon can create an electromagnetic wave that would fry electronic devices and disrupt communications for hundreds of kilometers around the explosion's core.
North Korea last Sunday claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and also said that it has the ability to detonate a high-altitude Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) that would fry electronic devices and disrupt communications for hundreds of kilometres.
“Japan hasn’t even recognized the EMP threat until recently,” Retired Major Gen. Takashi Onizuka of the Ground Self-Defense Force was quoted as saying by Japan Times news daily in a telephone interview, adding that he doesn’t believe even the Self-Defense Forces are well-prepared against EMP threats.
“Japan remains in the very early stages of addressing EMP threats and said Suga’s comment means the government will just start studying what it can do,” an unnamed senior government official was quoted as saying by the news portal Friday.
According to a 2008 US commission report on assessing electromagnetic threats had concluded that the electromagnetic pulse generated by a high-altitude nuclear explosion is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences.
“For instance North Korea could make an EMP attack against the United States by launching a short-range missile off a freighter or submarine or by lofting a warhead to 30 kilometers burst height by balloon,” William Graham, chairman of the US congressional commission, wrote in a June 2 article published by 38 North, an authoritative website that specializes in analysis of North Korean affairs.
The Japanese government has started carrying out a special radiological survey after North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb powerful enough to spark a 6.3 Ritcher magnitude earthquake
Japan is seeking new powerful radar, known as Spy-6 from the United States to boost the range of its interceptor missiles to add a new layer of defense to help counter North Koreas missile advances. Reuters quotes government sources as saying that Spy-6 radar is capable of detecting threats faster at better range than their existing technologies
Japans defense ministry wants $160 million for developing longer-range missiles to counter North Korea. If the requested funds in budget is approved, the proposal for a rise of 2
The Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces has conducted Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) deployment training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 29, 2017
The North Korean ballistic missile which overflew Japanese territory and landed in the Pacific Ocean yesterday appears to have got the better of Japans sophisticated defence systems including the land-based PAC-3 and ship-mounted Standard Missile-3. These anti-missile systems had been on alert in view of Pyongyangs threat to launch missiles at the US military base in Guam
Astronaut In Space Station Hacks into Same-Sex Spouse's Bank Account
Pentagon Orders $2.4B Worth F-35 Parts from Lockheed Martin
General Atomics Demos New Capabilities of MQ-9B SkyGuardian
North Korea Practicing Bombing with WWII Era AN-2 Biplanes
India's First Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile Ready
Russian AF to Receive Upgrade Su-30SM Jet with Engine from Su-35 Fighter...
Turkish Air Force Seeks Su-35 after F-35 Deal Collapse
China to Debut Black Hawk Competitor, Z-20 Helicopter in October Event
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...
Russian state-run Almaz-Antey has released additional data on its latest export-version of Buk-M3 Viking air defense missile system (ADMS)
The MiG-29, one of Russias most exported military jet has been upgraded in India that expands its capabilities from an...