Japan is considering acquiring its own early warning satellite capability to detect ballistic missiles launched from North Korea and elsewhere, government officials said on 12 June.
To explore such possibilities the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo plans to conduct an experimental study by mounting two-colour infrared (IR) sensors onto the Advanced Optical Satellite-3 (ALOS-3) that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020).
Since FY 2015 the MoD has been conducting research on two-colour IR sensors that are expected to enhance detection and identification capabilities by using mid-wavelength-IR (MWIR) and far-IR (FIR) ranges.
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