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Japan Building "Huge Drone Fleet"? Is It Propaganda? You Decide...

Check this out, Japan is going to spend "¥3 billion (approx $372 million) in the coming decade to drastically expand its virtually non-existent military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program"

http://www.dailypaul.com/322845/japan-building-huge-drone-fleet

OK, let's see if I got this right - they don't have a drone fleet now, and they are going to spend about 37 million a year over the next 10 years to build one?

Contrast that with the US drone fleet -

"In the next decade, defense spending on known medium- and large-size drones will be nearly $40 billion"

And we already had some 800 of them flying, in 2011!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-gr...

And we may have ramped that spending up even further - http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-militarys-2015-budget-f...

I may suck at math, but I do know that 4 billion a year is more than 37 million!

What I don't know though, is...

1. What was the purpose of the article that made a big deal about Japan building a "huge drone fleet"? Is it propaganda? Is it supposed to scare China? Us? North Korea? Into another arms race? I know those are fun and can never go wrong, right?!

2. Holy freakin moly, if Japan's drone fleet will be big enough to be called "Huge" what would ours be called?! 40 billion on drones? Yeah, thanks for spending our tax dollars on your freakin death toys!

3. Haven't these people seen Terminator? Skynet sucks guys!:)

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Having lived in Japan for

Having lived in Japan for over a decade, I think I can answer this, of course this is true! As a matter of fact, that number is probably low.

Technology is exactly what Japan will use to keep China away from them. A guilty, racist conscience will do that to a country.

I love Japan, love the Japanese people, but the facts remain, they don't like outsiders and will do anything to protect their culture.

I'm not sure I can blame them though. China is anti-culture. China had their "cultural revolution" and it destroyed the country, turned it into communist hellhole. Now they suffer from lack of identity, morals, and character. With neighbors like China, how can you blame Japan?

Speaking of "cultural revolution," guess where it's happening now?

Hint: You're living there.

that is just our attitude

the USA is kinda like we think of Texas! Anyone who even dreams of spending a hundreth of what we are spending is a HUGE threat and needs to be taken down a notch.

please someone explain

the point of drones in a war with a real super power. I mean sure they work great against goat herders in a desert but against china, russia, america, any european country, austrlia, japan, etc wouldnt jamming the drones pretty much make them crash in a matter of minutes?

Arms race

Just like the penetration vs armor race for tanks, there may be a similar jamming vs connecting race for drones.

I think that in the end "connecting" is going to win, as both drones and whatever they communicate with (satellites, ground stations, awacs, etc) can use a narrow beam for their data streams. The higher the frequencies used, the easier it becomes - think LW/MW/SW versus IR lasers.

you may be right

but that reminds me of a story my buddy told me. He used to work communications in the army and he told me about how one day someone started using the army frequencies on some sort of cb radio. This military base was right next to the interstate, and he went on the radio and told him it was a military frequency and that the guy needed to get off of it. The same thing happened at rush hour every morning for a couple of days, so the brass told him to jam the frequency the next time it happened. So the next day the guy comes on the radio using the army frequency they jam the line and next thing you know they are informed that a truck has wrecked and its intina (one of those big monstrosities that bend and sway) has melted, and caught the truck on fire.

I have no idea..

But we sure are spending insane amounts of $ on them!

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Yes, but

the US military aims at being able to fight and defeat a major force anywhere in the world. Japan aims to defeat an invasion by China. Apples and Oranges?

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No...

Japan's drone fleet is being called huge in Our media, not theirs. (well maybe it is, but I can't read Japanese:)

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No to what?

I never denied that it was being called huge in US media.

My point was that the amount of money required to build enough drones to effect a global 'police state' is astronomically higher than building enough to fend off only China/North Korea. So it might be 'huge' for their needs, but not 'huge' on the scale that the USA has set.

EDIT: Also bear in mind that many things built under contract to the US armed forces, NASA etc, have extremely inflated costs (big payouts to connected buddies), so the dollar figure in the USA may be pushed up markedly compared to the figures in Japan, meaning that they may indeed be building a 'huge' fleet, and paying less per machine.

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry