Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has decided to upgrade the capabilities of a radar system located on the southeastern island of Iwo Jima amid increased activity by the Chinese military in the Western Pacific.
The surveillance radar, which is currently used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) for training purposes, is to be provided with warning and control capabilities to monitor an area that includes the Izu and Ogasawara island chains, an MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 5 April.
The spokesperson said that the MoD allocated JPY500 million (USD4.7 million) in its supplementary budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017 to fund the upgrade, which would also involve adding satellite communication systems that would enable the radar to connect wirelessly to the Japan Aerospace Defense Ground Environment (JADGE) network.
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