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Japan to develop electronic warfare aircraft

15 January 2019

The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) is looking to develop electronic warfare (EW) aircraft capable of jamming enemy radar and communications at stand-off range.

An MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 15 January that the move is based on Japan’s new Mid-Term Defense Plan (MTDP) for the next five years, which states that the MoD and the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) are to “swiftly promote the research and development of stand-off electronic warfare aircraft, high-power electronic warfare equipment, high-power microwave devices as well as electromagnetic pulses (EMPs)”.

Moreover, Japan’s National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPGs), which were also approved by the Japanese Cabinet in December 2018, emphasise the need to reinforce the country’s capabilities to “neutralise radar, communications, and other means of counterparts intending to invade [Japan]”.

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