Japan launched a satellite yesterday to monitor North Korean military facilities on a day when US President Trump and NK leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore to reduce tensions.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAEA) on Tuesday launched a H-IIA rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyodo News reported.
The reconnaissance satellites will be used for such purposes as monitoring military facilities in North Korea and taking images of areas affected during natural disasters.
JAEA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched the H-IIA F39 rocket from the agency’s launch site on the island in southwestern Japan.
The government operates four radar satellites, which capture radio waves reflected from the ground, and two optical satellites, which take photos of the ground.
North Korean missiles overflew Japan without warning earlier this year triggering missile alarms. Tokyo has always been concerned about Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear prowess.
The Japanese government on Friday approved a record-high defense budget of 5.19 trillion yen ($46 billion) for fiscal 2018 to boost its missile defenses against the growing threat from North Korea, breaking the record for the sixth consecutive year
Japans Ministry of Defense has disclosed that the cost for two batteries of the Aegis Ashore missile interception system it intends to procure from the United States is over 200 billion yen (US$ 1.7 Billion) which will be added to the national budget from fiscal 2019 onwards
The Japanese Police has accused a Chinese exchange student of illegally exporting an infrared night-vision camera to a firm in Hong Kong which he purchased from an on-line auction site. The Tokyo-based exchange student, 22, purchased the US-made FLIR Star Safire III camera on an internet auction site
South Korea, the United States and Japan commenced a joint missile warning exercise on Tuesday, which would enable them to detect and track missiles launched from North Korea. The trilateral exercise began its two-day run in the waters off South Korea and Japan, mobilizing four Aegis combat system-equipped ships from the three countries, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), according to Yonhap
The United States Lockheed Martin F-22, F-35 fighter hybrid proposal for Japans collaborative development of a new fighter jet to replace its F2 aircraft will cost Tokyo a whopping $178 million per unit. Doubts have begun to rise in terms of cost effectiveness on the Lockheed Martins development proposal, Yomiuri reported Tuesday
The Japanese government has selected Lockheed Martin to provide Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) for its Aegis Ashore missile defense system. Japan has selected an advanced radar system made by Lockheed Martin Corp
A sailor was killed after suffering serious head injuries following an explosion on a South Korean naval frigate. The incident happened at around 12
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