Military Capabilities

Japan to launch space operations squadron in coming months

22 January 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on 20 January that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF's) space operations squadron will be officially set up "this spring" as part of a move by the government in Tokyo to put a stronger emphasis on three new defence domains: space, cyber space, and electronic warfare (EW).

The formation of the unit, which is set to be based at the JASDF's Fuchu Air Base in western Tokyo and to be comprised of about 20 members, comes after the Ministry of Defense (MoD) secured JPY50.6 billion (USD460 million) from the Japanese Cabinet in December 2019 for space-related defence activities and programmes, including the establishment of the space squadron.

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