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Japan Building Huge Drone Fleet

DEFENSE ONE: For decades Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones.

The country has positioned itself as one of the unlikely players in the escalating global race for military drones, a move that’s controversial both at home and abroad. A veteran Japanese politician even warned that the country’s re-armament looked like “a kind of pre-war revival.” The United States has aided Tokyo in its efforts to re-arm, deploying two unarmed Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones in May to a base in Northern Japan, which infuriated both China and North Korea.

Japan is now in a position it hasn’t been in for nearly 70 years, when it gave up its right to engage in conflict outside its borders. The country is engaged in a bitter dispute with China over a set of islands that sit on resource-rich sea beds that each claims as its sovereign territory.

Japan is the third largest economy in the world, and the implications for both global peace and commerce could be widespread.

Japan is not so quietly building a huge drone fleet

The country will invest ¥3 billion (approx $372 million) in the coming decade to drastically expand its virtually non-existent military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program, according to a senior analyst at IHS Jane’s, the leading defense and security agency.

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"¥3 billion (approx $372 million) in the coming decade"

Builds you a "Huge Drone Fleet" over TEN years ....how much more are we spending than 37 million dollars a year on drones? I would guess a lot more!!!

Seems like propaganda here, who is it aimed at? Who is supposed to get scared and spend more than Japan on drones after reading this?

I am!

I dont understand the point

a jammer can pretty much crash the entire fleet of drones. Oh sure a bunch of goat herders in the middle east wont be able to build the jammer but china russia sure could.

Evil Asimo

Welcome to the future of war.

And They're Going to Sell Them at Toys R Us

Sorry, that's what I thought when I saw the headline.

Those of us who are old enough remember when Japan was the current China. In-between there were Korea, Mexico, India and a few others able to supply us with cheap products no one here could provide, and then by moving into products we produce, but doing it cheaper or better.

If they were able to, they, like Japan, raised standards and improved their products, until they earned the business away from companies, here.

Those countries pulled themselves up by selling us stuff, as we performed our function of being consumers of the world.

I can see it now, "made in Japan" on the souvenir pencil I bought in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1964. Today it would be "Made in China" on a Japantown pencil. Or "made in Japan" on a drone fleet.

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