New Japanese Defense White Paper names China and Russia as major threats

“If it goes without saying, it will go even better by saying it“. This famous sentence of Talleyrand pronounced by the French diplomat at the Vienna summit in 1814, could be the punchline of the new White Paper on Defense published in the land of the rising sun. Indeed, Japan, although traditionally discreet and circumspect on the international scene, is particularly directive and clear in this document which will frame the Japanese defense effort for the decade to come, by clearly designating Russia as an "aggressive nation". on the one hand, and China and its ambitions on Taiwan as a major threat to peace…

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Japan wants "options" in the face of new North Korean ballistic capabilities

Until recently, Tokyo relied fully on its anti-missile shield, and in particular on its 8 AEGIS heavy destroyers of the Kongo, Atago and Maya classes, to neutralize the ballistic threat coming from North Korea. But the performance demonstrated in recent months by Pyongyang's technology, whether it be semi-ballistic trajectory missiles capable of moving under the floor of anti-ballistic systems, or new systems equipped with hypersonic gliders, has largely undermined these certainties, to the point of leading the Japanese authorities to consider options that until now had not even been imagined. On October 23, following the last tactical missile test...

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After Taiwan, Chinese Navy tries to intimidate Japan

Clearly, Beijing seems very keen to show its new-found naval power to its neighbors, especially those who do not bow down enough to fulfill the ambitions of the Indo-Pacific superpower. Indeed, after having multiplied the major naval exercises near the island of Taiwan, it is now Japan's turn to take advantage of the force deployments of the Chinese fleet, in this case with a new deployment of the carrier battle group of the aircraft carrier Liaoning in the Miyako Strait, and around the island of Diaoyu (Chinese name) in the Senkaku archipelago, whose Beijing disputes the membership in Tokyo. This deployment of…

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Japan is now ready to support the United States to protect Taiwan

Until recently, the Japanese doctrine vis-à-vis Beijing was based solely on negotiation and good understanding, despite sometimes severe disagreements, particularly around the Senkaku Islands claimed by the two countries, as well as by Taiwan. In the 2000s, the two countries even managed to implement co-exploitation of the gas and oil-rich subsoil around this archipelago, a way of punctually resolving the territorial disputes between them and maintaining the economic dynamic. very positive from the region, which benefits the two Asian dragons. But for a few years, and especially from…

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In a tense international context, Airbus Helicopters still sells a few helicopters in Japan

For Airbus Helicopters, the only good news on the international market definitely seems to come from Japan. In recent months, the civilian helicopter market has suffered seriously from the collapse in the price of oil, which has led to the elimination of orders from the off-shore industry, but also from the global health crisis which has slowed down all branches of the aeronautical sector. A very serious situation which prompted the French government to recently announce advance orders for around twenty helicopters intended for the Air Force, the Gendarmerie and Civil Security. On the export market, however, the situation is particularly bleak, with very many cancellations of…

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Anti-missile defense: Japan cancels purchase of two Aegis Ashore systems

In December 2017, Japan approved the construction of two Aegis Ashore anti-missile defense sites to counter the ballistic threat from North Korea, but also from China. Particularly strategic for the Japanese deterrence policy, these two Aegis Ashore systems were to make it possible to cover the whole of Japanese territory thanks to the very long-range SM-3 Block IIA missiles. Last week, however, Japan announced that it wanted to abandon this acquisition. The argument put forward is the risk represented by the first stage (booster) of the SM-3 missile, which could fall on a populated area in certain firing configurations. Modify missiles to avoid such…

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First two V-22 Ospreys delivered to Japan after several years of waiting

On May 8, 2020, two V-22 Osprey convertible aircraft from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF – Japan Ground Self-Defense Force) arrived on Japanese soil for the first time. A civilian vehicle transport ship unloaded the two aircraft, rotors and wings folded, on a quay near the Iwakuni military base. This arrival on Japanese soil takes place nearly three years after the delivery of the first aircraft to the JGSDF. Until now, Japanese political and administrative difficulties had forced the aircraft to remain stationed on American soil. First and for the moment alone…

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Japan's supersonic glider could be used for anti-ship strikes

Our colleagues from Naval News, always well informed, had access to an unpublished video from the ATLA, the agency of the Japanese Ministry of Defense responsible for acquisitions, technological development and logistics. The latter shows how the hypersonic glider under development in Japan could serve as an anti-ship weapon, and particularly as an anti-aircraft carrier weapon. Until now, the HVPG (Hypervelocity Gliding Projectile) unveiled last month by the Japanese Ministry of Defense was presented only as a surface-to-surface weapon. For the ATLA, however, the anti-ship capabilities of the HVPG should not be developed from the outset of the program. As stated with…

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Japan deploys anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile launchers to counter Chinese incursions between Taiwan and Okinawa

In recent weeks, the People's Republic of China and Taiwan have chained demonstrations of force after the proclamation of the TAIPEI Act by Washington. However, the strengthening of Chinese naval and air deployments in the East China Sea is also worrying Tokyo, which has deployed several missile units from its ground defense forces (JGSDF) on the island of Miyako. Mobile firing platforms for Type 12 anti-ship missiles and for Type 03 anti-aircraft missiles have therefore been deployed to control Chinese deployments between Taiwan and the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. While Taiwan's proximity to mainland China is generally well known,…

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Japanese Coast Guard purchases additional H225 Super Puma

In the midst of a global economic downturn, new aircraft orders are scarce. However, the Japanese Ministry of Defense and Airbus announced on April 6 that the Japan Coast Guard was going to acquire two new H225 Super Puma heavy helicopters. The JCG is already the main operator of this type of helicopter in Japan. During the 1990s, the Japanese coast guard had acquired a small number of AS.332L1 Super Puma, then produced by the French Aérospatiale. These devices quickly became the local benchmark for long-distance sea rescue, leading to orders for new units. Between…

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