Japan wants to double its Defense effort and transform its defensive doctrine

Like most countries in the Asian Pacific Ocean belt, Japan has significantly increased its defense effort in recent years, with a 2,6% increase for 2022 and a budget which, for the first time exceeded $50 billion. However, for the Liberal Democratic Party currently in power, the account is not there, in particular taking into account the lessons related to the war in Ukraine. And the latter to propose, in a document sent to the Japanese government, a proposal to increase the Japanese defense budget to 2% of the country's GDP, against only...

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Japan to upgrade 68 of its F-15Js for $5,6 billion

The negotiations were long and difficult, but they ended up being successful, since Tokyo has just announced the signing of a contract worth 646,5 Tr de Yen, or €5,6 billion, to modernize 68 of the approximately 200 F- 15J still in service with the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. The fate of the 36 remaining potentially modernizable two-seater F-15DJs has not yet been decided, while around a hundred of the oldest F-15s will be withdrawn from service with the arrival of the F-35As ordered by Tokyo. two years ago. By 2035, Japan will therefore have a strong air force of 300 to 350 modern aircraft,…

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UK Tempest and Japanese FX programs are getting even closer

The British government of Boris Johnson is particularly active on defense issues and in the field of international industrial cooperation. Whether it is the AUKUS alliance with possible cooperation with Australia in the field of nuclear submarines, the opening of the Tempest program to certain European partners, or the rapprochement with the American program Futur Vertical Lift , Great Britain has multiplied the announcements in recent months, with some success it must be recognized. And one of the greatest successes today is based on the rapprochement in London and Tokyo around the FX program for the next generation Japanese fighter, with the signing of a cooperation protocol, end…

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Japan engages in the development of a microwave gun

Unlike European countries, Japan largely anticipated the strategic developments that led to the upheavals and tensions that we know today. Thus, Tokyo has relaunched investment in its own defense since 2013, after yielding, like its Western counterparts, to the sirens of the benefits of peace between 2000 and 2012, with a defense effort falling from 4,83 Tr yen to 4,65 .5,5 Tr yen during this period, to rise to 47 Tr Yen, i.e. more than €2022 billion in 2022. The Japanese authorities even indicated, when presenting the XNUMX Defense budget, that they did not exclude the possibility of bringing...

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Japan develops its own Electric Cannon to complement its anti-missile defense

Electric gun technology, or rail gun, was favored by many staffs a few years ago, especially in the United States, where the US Navy had invested several hundred million dollars to develop its own model. But lately, and especially since the Pentagon abandoned the program, which prioritized directed-energy weapons like high-energy lasers and microwave cannons, the buzz around this topic seems to have waned. little dried up. Even the Chinese program, which had hit the headlines three years ago when a Rail Gun was observed on a transport ship...

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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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Beijing, Moscow toughen up in Pacific with show of naval force around Japan

In recent months, the United States and its allies have multiplied large-scale naval exercises in the Pacific, sometimes near the China Sea or Taiwan, which on several occasions angered Beijing. Until now, Chinese naval responses have been limited to the deployment of small flotillas, most often consisting of a Type 052D destroyer and a Type 054A anti-submarine warfare frigate, accompanied by a supply ship. Therefore, the massive exercise bringing together 5 Chinese ships, including a Type 055 cruiser, and 5 Russian ships, including two Udaloy-class anti-submarine destroyers, around Japan in recent days,…

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The F-35B, a real success but a severe handicap for the Joint Strike Fighter program

On October 3, 2021, after a year-long modernization program, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces' assault helicopter carrier Izumo saw the first sight of an F-35B combat aircraft. United States Marine Corps Lightning II take off from its flight deck (main illustration photo), some 76 years after the last plane of the Empire of Japan left the deck of an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the United States, Great Britain and Italy, it is the 4th country to implement Lockheed-Martin's American stealth fighter with vertical or short take-off and landing from an aircraft carrier, corn…

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Japan, India .. Has the nuclear submarine race in the Pacific started?

The day after the announcement of the creation of the AUKUS alliance bringing together the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, and the order by the latter of nuclear attack submarines to the detriment of submarines conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda ordered from Naval Group, we headlined "In Australia, Joe Biden opens a very dangerous Pandora's box", an analysis of the risk of seeing, with this maneuver, many countries absolve themselves of the agreement tacit agreement which hitherto prevented the 5 major nuclear nations from exporting nuclear-powered submarines. Obviously, this option is indeed gaining momentum very quickly, especially with several major military nations…

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Altay, Black Panther, Oplot: What are modern battle tanks worth? 3/3

It was said to be outdated or too vulnerable, yet the battle tank has experienced a remarkable resurgence of interest in recent years from the major armies of the world. After having presented the main Western, Russian and Chinese tanks in the two previous articles, we are going, in this final analysis, to focus on less known models, and yet powerful and promising, on the operational scene as in the field of export. Make way today for the South Korean K2 Black Panther, the Turkish Atlay, the Japanese Type 10 and the Ukrainian BM Oplot. South Korea: K2 Black Panther Considered by many specialists to be the tank…

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