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Japan to outfit Kawasaki P-1 MPAs with AI technology

13 November 2019
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Japan plans to equip an undisclosed number of its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with artificial intelligence (AI) to boost the platform’s intelligence gathering capabilities, an official at the Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Jane’s on 13 November.

Japan is planning to outfit an undisclosed number of its Kawasaki P-1 MPAs with AI, according to ATLA. (JMSDF)Japan is planning to outfit an undisclosed number of its Kawasaki P-1 MPAs with AI, according to ATLA. (JMSDF)

The AI technology is expected to help the P-1s, which are operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations in a more effective way, the official said.

The ATLA aims to apply the technology to radar target recognition, which uses inverse synthetic-aperture radar (ISAR) image data in the sea and synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) image data on the ground, according to a document obtained by Jane’s .

The technology is also expected to enhance the platform’s wide-area persistent surveillance capabilities, according to the document. Machine learning technology, which uses previously acquired data, is also set to enhance the platform’s ability to identify a vessel from images that are difficult for the human eye to decipher.

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